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Warrant: Elmore County man fatally shot mother

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Anita LaFay Washington (Source: Millbrook Police Department) Anita LaFay Washington (Source: Millbrook Police Department)
Sedrick Clayton (Source: Elmore County Sheriff's Dept.) Sedrick Clayton (Source: Elmore County Sheriff's Dept.)
Sedrick Clayton during a court hearing Monday (Source: WSFA 12 News) Sedrick Clayton during a court hearing Monday (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Washington's body was found in a wooded area near Lakeshore Drive and Caroline Drive. (Source: WSFA 12 News) Washington's body was found in a wooded area near Lakeshore Drive and Caroline Drive. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Members of Anita Washington's former tennis club release balloons in her honor at the Huntingdon College tennis courts (Source: Viewer Photos) Members of Anita Washington's former tennis club release balloons in her honor at the Huntingdon College tennis courts (Source: Viewer Photos)
MILLBROOK, AL (WSFA) -

An Elmore County judge has granted the Elmore County District Attorney's motion to amend the warrant against a man accused of murdering his mother last week.

According to the motion to amend warrant, an autopsy revealed Anita Washington, 49, died from a single gunshot wound to the head. The original warrant said the suspect's hands were used as a weapon.

Washington's son, Sedric Clayton, is charged in the homicide. Clayton had his first court appearance Monday in Elmore County where he was charged with the murder.

In court, the 27-year old suspect looked subdued and was mostly quiet. He did say that no one has told him anything about what's going on. The court set Clayton's bond at $250,000. The next step in the legal process will be a preliminary hearing which has not been set at this time.

Washington's body was found in a wooded area on Saturday. Millbrook authorities were called to the scene of a body discovery in a wooded area near Lakeshore Drive and Caroline Drive. A farmer searching for a missing cow came upon the body wrapped in a sheet.

"Today is bittersweet for Ms. Washington's family, friends, neighbors, and the men and women of the Millbrook Police Department," said Millbrook Police Chief P.K. Johnson. "On one hand, we can say that the individual responsible for her death is incarcerated in the Elmore County Jail. We can say that Ms. Washington has been found and that she can be put to rest properly and with respect, allowing her family an opportunity to grieve their loss and say goodbye to their loved one. But that means that Ms. Washington is no longer with us. There is no chance that she's coming home to her family, at least not the way we would have hoped for."

Washington was reported missing by family members on Aug. 20. They said she was last seen by family members on Aug. 19 at 2:30 p.m.

Clayton was arrested Friday night at a relative's home in Montgomery based on evidence gathered before Washington's body was even found.

"In speaking with our detectives, there were numerous indicators that this young man was not acting as a normal individual would under the circumstances," Johnson said, following Clayton's arrest. "We knew, based on information received from the family, that he (Clayton) was the last person to see Ms. Washington Tuesday afternoon." 

"As our investigation continued, our investigators learned that the relationship between mother and son had become contemptuous over the last week prior to her being reported missing," Chief Johnson said. "As we continued to receive information that this relationship had become strained Clayton became a person of interest."

Police are working on a motive, but they're not releasing it yet.

Washington was the victim of an attempted-murder by her ex-husband in 2008. That man, 50-year-old Irilmoskomazzerella Washington, is currently serving 20 years in prison.

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