Woman charged with killing daughter was out on bond, sheriff says

Mother charged in stabbing death of daughter

COOSA COUNTY, Ala. (WSFA) - New information has been released in a Sunday morning Coosa County homicide.

Coosa County Sheriff Michael Howell said Tuesday that 60-year-old Helene Stowes Johnson reportedly stabbed her daughter, 39-year-old Latosha Stowes, multiple times with a butcher’s knife in front of two witnesses. One of the witnesses is the sister of the victim, and the second witness is a friend of the victim and the sister’s ex-boyfriend.

60-year-old Helene Stowes Johnson is charged with stabbing her daughter to death.
60-year-old Helene Stowes Johnson is charged with stabbing her daughter to death. (Source: Coosa County Sheriff's Office)
Coosa County sheriff's deputies say they found 39-year-old Latosha Stowes stabbed to death on Coosa County Road 86.
Coosa County sheriff's deputies say they found 39-year-old Latosha Stowes stabbed to death on Coosa County Road 86. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

“We’re not completely sure what the motive was other than the fact they were into an argument and they were arguing with each other,” said Howell.

Howell said the witnesses tried to intervene.

“The victim was calling for help as far as somebody in the household to help and they had to break them up,” he said.

According to Howell, at the time of the stabbing Johnson was out on bond for burglary and theft charges out of Tallapoosa County. The crime scene of the stabbing, located on Coosa County Road 86 in the Hackney Community, is within 50 yards of the Tallapoosa County line.

Howell said Johnson had her first court appearance by video on Tuesday in Coosa County, where her bond was set at $75,000. Jail records show Johnson has not posted her bond and has not confessed to any involvement in the stabbing, according to Howell.

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