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Reported by Janice Broach

Jackson woman bludgeoned to death

Her home was named for a saint, but police say what happened inside her apartment was the ultimate sin.  A 65 year-old woman was murdered and the suspect is someone she may have met at church.
Elnora Mitchell never missed church services at the Campbell Street Church of Christ in Jackson.

"We didn't know about it until Sunday afternoon. She was not here Sunday morning for worship. We became concerned because she always called or was here," Elder Walter Melms said.

Elnora Mitchell didn't show up for services because she had been bludgeoned to death in her apartment at St. Mary's Manor. Lawrence Wade, a fellow church member, is charged with her murder.

Jackson police said Wade and his wife visited Mitchell frequently her at apartment.

"The motive appears to be robbery. He went up and approached her about getting money in the past. During this incident we believe she either didn't have the money or wouldn't give it to her and he attacked her," police spokesman Mike Hale said.

Elnora Mitchell's daughter is devastated by her mother's murder.

"Devastated. Feel cheated. Feel hostile. Feel sad. I've got a lot of things going on. It's a point I can't really share my emotions because I don't want to go back and apologize for something I said that I really mean," she said.

Everyone who knew Elnora Mitchell said she was a wonderful  person who made people around her feel good about themselves.

Police found items stolen from Elnora Mitchell's apartment with Lawrence Wade when he was arrested.

Investigators said Wade and his family moved to Jackson from the Northeast a couple of years ago.

Police said he was charged with simple assault in another case in November.

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