TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — The woman accused of shooting and killing her co-worker at the LEAR plant in Vance appeared in court Monday afternoon.
Family members of victim Shanina Smith attended the preliminary hearing for Angela Mayo to learn what happened the day Smith was killed on the job Aug. 4.
Smith’s mother, Regina, and many other relatives were in court to face Mayo, who is charged with Smith’s murder.
“It is real tough, a pain and its just a hurtful feeling. Our hearts are sad but we are fighting for justice for Shanina,” Regina said.
We are learning new information about the day the fatal shooting, where Mayo allegedly shot Smith multiple times in the head before turning herself over to law enforcement .
Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit investigator Marcus Bell testified in court that Mayo, 28, bought bullets for her handgun the day of the murder. Bell also said that Mayo felt her life was endangered because Smith, 27, bullied her at work.
Regina Smith said it is not true.
“Shanina didn’t give anyone a bad time, and she didn’t bother anyone. She was a good girl and was not a bully,” she said.
More testimony in court revealed that Mayo also was practicing shooting her gun at a gun range days before the murder.
Regina said the family is grieving but are standing together to make sure everyone remembers Shanina.
“I didn’t know it would hurt me this bad to see my baby go but it hurts because someone took her life and it wasn’t even time for her yet. But its a pain that will never go away, and I’m always going to remember her,” she said.
Tuscaloosa County District Court Judge Jim Gentry found probable cause to send the case to a grand jury. Since her arrest, Mayo has been held at the Tuscaloosa County Jail with bond set at $150,000.