Mother charged with fatally shooting husband in Spotsylvania

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

SPOTSYLVANIA, VA (WWBT) - It's a tragic start to this Father's Day weekend for one local family after twin toddlers lose their dad to domestic violence. The mother of those twins is the one behind bars accused of gunning down her own husband, while the children were in the next room. The crime unfolded late Thursday night at a home on Lanes Corner Road in Spotsylvania county.

26-year-old Janay Majors is charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of her 32-year-old husband Anthony Majors. Their 18-month-old twin boys were not in the same room where the shooting happened. Authorities say Janay called police herself about her dying husband.

No sign of relatives late Friday at the home Anthony and Janay Majors once shared. A home that authorities say had no extensive history of domestic violence. That changed Thursday night when authorities say Janay used a handgun to kill her husband of five years.

"For a mother to do that with her babies...I don't know what's going on inside the home, but it's not good," said neighbor Jennifer Tapp.

According to the sheriff's office, Janay made the 911 call and told dispatchers she shot her husband. Deputies found Anthony in the master bedroom with three gunshot wounds to his chest.

Authorities say dispatchers told Janay to start CPR, but don't know if she did. Deputies handcuffed Janay, found Anthony, and attempted to revive him.

Neighbors say Anthony Majors owned a tree trimming business in Stafford and built the house the couple has lived in for the past four years. Neighbors say it was only recently the house was put on the market.

"I'm surprised and still wondering went wrong when this incident happened," said Gus Kartoudi.

Kartoudi says Janay Majors was a regular at his convenience store. He described the mother of twins, as a pleasant person.    

"It's a shame cause the lady now is done with her life. She took a life it's a pitiful thing," said Kartoudi.

Authorities haven't released a motive, they spent Friday looking for relatives to care for the twin boys.

"The father is gone and the mother is going to jail for a long time," said Tapp.

Janay Majors is behind held without bond. She's expected back in court in late July.

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