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Mother of murder suspect killed in wreck

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 5:43 PM
Last updated 7:34 PM
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The mother of a 14-year-old girl charged with murder Monday in the fatal stabbing of a Burke County relative died in a car wreck Tuesday on her way from Florida to visit family in Keysville, Ga.

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Natina Diana Wright, 31, of Titusville, Fla., died on impact around 5:05 p.m. Tuesday, when the 2013 Dodge Caravan she was travelling in ran off Interstate 16 West in Bulloch County and hit a culvert on the northbound shoulder of state Highway 67, said Franka Young, spokesman for the Georgia State Patrol.

According to preliminary reports, Wright, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown forward into the windshield during the crash, which occurred on the off-ramp of Exit 127, approximately 70 miles from Keysville.

Wright’s daughter, whose name is being withheld by authorities, was arrested in Keysville on Monday and charged with murder and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime for fatally stabbing her aunt, Shirley Elaine Bush Mack, 49. Mack’s relationship relationship to Wright is unclear.

Burke County sheriff’s deputies were called to a home about 8:30 p.m. Monday in the 1100 block of Scott Store Road, where they found Mack on the floor with stab wounds to her chest.

Sgt. Dedric Smith said he believes Mack was arguing with her niece before the child stabbed her about three times. The girl is in custody at a youth detention Center in Sandersville, Ga.,

The sheriff’s office has collected evidence but is awaiting test results to determine what was used to kill the victim.

Police said four other children who were at the residence were handed over to the Department of Family and Children Services.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Web site, Mack was a registered sex offender and was convicted of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 16 on June 20, 1990, in Florida.

Though the wreck report was not finalized Wednesday, charges are pending at the completion of the Georgia State Patrol’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team’s investigation, Young said.

The driver of the vehicle; Kenneth P. Varner, 52, of Coco Beach, Fla.; and a second passenger; Joy Lanita Wright, 27, also of Titusville, Fla.; survived the crash.

Varner was transported to East Georgia Hospital, while Joy Wright was airlifted to Memorial Medical Center in Savannah, Ga.

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jmo 10/23/13 - 06:55 pm
Let's have.....

a family portrait.

IBeDogGone 10/23/13 - 07:23 pm

How are they protecting the Idenity of a minor when Mother's name is plastered all over the media. Sad situation but reading between the lines the problems with family did not just start. 14 year old living with a convicted sex offender in GA and 31 year old mother living in FL. I just pray the 4 other children in the home are not overlooked by the system and a stable living situation is found for them.

Fiat_Lux 10/23/13 - 08:07 pm
You have to wonder

if this story can get any sadder.

CobaltGeorge 10/24/13 - 12:43 am
Is It All Possible

that this 14 year old girl had a justifiable reason for fatally stabbing her aunt, Shirley Elaine Bush Mack?

KSL 10/24/13 - 01:30 am


scoobynews 10/24/13 - 10:04 am
I hope this young girl gets

I hope this young girl gets the help she needs. It appears her mom was a teen when she had her and then leaves her in Georgia to go live in Florida!! Where the dad is I a sure is a mystery but it is probably a good guess he is absent from this child's life just like mom was. I am sadden that her mother died but in a sense it is her fault this child is now in this situation. You do not leave your child with a sex offender!!!

GnipGnop 10/24/13 - 07:33 am
How is a convicted sex offender with the conviction being

actions toward a child allowed to supervise any children??? The system is broke!!!

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