The mother and daughter charged with killing their five relatives in a Morrisville apartment seem to have divulged the entire story to authorities. Shana Decree, 45, and her daughter Dominique, 19, each waived her right to an attorney Tuesday and apparently confessed.
Police arrived to the Robert Morris Apartments Monday and found seven people jammed in single bedroom in a first floor apartment. With the living space in disarray, police first found only four bodies. However police located the fifth victim underneath other remains.
Police have identified the victims on Shana’s side her children as Naa’Irah Smith, 25, and Damon Decree Jr., 13. The other three victims are Shana’s sister Jamilla Campbell, 42, and Campbell’s nine-year-old twin daughters.
Initially, it seems the two had decided on a story to tell police in an attempt to play victim and plead ignorance. In separate statements made in different exam rooms, the women told the same story.
Each first claimed victim Jamilla Campbell’s boyfriend came to the apartment with two other males and killed everyone in the apartment, according to court documents. However, Dominique, who had visible choke marks on her neck, continually expressed her wish to die to investigators.
This did not sit well with detectives. Eventually, Shana admitted everyone in the apartment wanted to die. She claims everyone, including the children, were openly discussing suicide as an option.
The resulting story is tragic and heartbreaking. Dominique eventually confessed to her role as well. The most recent information would mean Shana, Dominique, and Jamilla Campbell all helped kill their siblings, cousins, and children.
Yet, even now, District Attorney Matt Weintraub says the entire scenario is based solely on what the suspects have told police. When asked if it was a murder-suicide pact, Weintraub could not say for certain at a press conference Tuesday.
“Well, I can certainly comment on the murder aspect of it because we know that was accomplished tragically,” Weintraub said. “As far as what the two defendants contemplated themselves, that would be purely speculation at this point.”
All seven were living in the apartment together, with Campbell’s son Joshua Campbell, 17. He was not home at the time and police later found him in South Jersey; they had to inform him his aunt and cousin had killed his mother and sisters.