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Judge maintains $1 million bond for teen accused of killing mother, shooting stepfather

Carly Madison Gregg
Carly Madison Gregg is accused of killing her mother and trying to kill her stepfather (Photo courtesy of the Rankin County Sheriff's Office)

The Rankin County teenager accused of killing her mother and shooting her stepfather will remain behind bars under the same orders after requesting for her bond to be reduced.

Judge David Morrow has kept the bond for 14-year-old Carly Madison Gregg at $1 million. The teen is charged as an adult with murder and attempted murder stemming from fatal events that took place on April 16.

The deadly incident happened on Ashton Way in the Farmington Station subdivision of Brandon on March 19. Police responded to a report of shots fired just after 5 p.m.

Upon arrival at the scene, police encountered the stepfather, Heath Smylie, suffering from a gunshot wound to the shoulder. He pointed deputies to the body of his wife, 40-year-old Ashley Smylie, who was deceased from an apparent gunshot wound.

Ashley Smylie was a teacher at Northwest Rankin Middle School before she was shot and killed. Officers believe it was her daughter who pulled the trigger. (Photo from the Rankin County School District)

He also said his stepdaughter, later identified as Carly Madison Gregg, was inside the home holding a pistol before she fired at him. After a physical fight ensued in which he took the gun from her, Gregg fled the scene and jumped over the home’s backyard fence.

Additional agencies came in to help locate the teen, including the Mississippi Highway Patrol and its helicopter. At approximately 5:35 p.m., the female suspect was located not too far from the residence and taken into custody without incident.

According to investigators, after allegedly killing her mother, Gregg invited a friend over to the residence. As she waited for her friend to arrive, she is said to have petted her dogs and sang to them. Once her friend showed up, Gregg showed the friend her dead mother’s body and the murder weapon. This all happened before the stepfather’s arrival.

Gregg’s friend told investigators that the accused shooter had premeditated to kill Heath Smylie, stating that she had reserved two shots for his head and one for his chest.

The defendant’s attorneys claimed that Gregg suffers from mental disorders and that she had a change in medication a week before the alleged murder took place. Gregg’s lawyers contended that she has been hearing voices while imprisoned, which has resulted in her needing a swap in medication twice.

The prosecution argued that having mental illnesses does not entitle someone to take another person’s life. Prosecuting attorneys also claim that Gregg’s defense refused to undergo a mental evaluation provided by the state.

Morrow contended that Gregg poses a danger to society and kept her seven-figure bond intact.

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