by: Craig Lucie Updated:HENRY COUNTY, Ga. —
Henry County police say a woman slain by her husband died from blunt force trauma.
Sheray Felton’s family embraced each other in front of her Hampton home on Tuesday.
Police say they responded to the home in January and charged Joseph Andrew Felton with battery and false imprisonment.
The charges were later dismissed after, authorities say, Sheray Felton did not show up before the grand jury.
“She did tell me there was some violence in the home of her husband, and she called the police and had him arrested,” explained the victim's mother, Rosanna Mays.
Channel 2's sister station, WLS, in Chicago, spoke with Sheray Felton's sister. She said Felton moved to Henry County last fall to pursue her Ph.D.
“She was a wonderful human being. She was loved by so many people,” said Dolores Mays.
Channel 2’s Craig Lucie spotted detectives interviewing neighbors as Sheray’s mother told him that her daughter’s husband was jealous and obsessive.
“For some reason he felt like if she’s gonna be a doctor and she’s gonna be better than me,” explained Rosanna Mays.
Murder is not the only charge Joseph Felton faces after, detectives say, he fled Georgia and got into a nearly nine-hour standoff with police in Chicago.
An officer was injured while chasing him. The aggravated battery charges are stacking up and Joseph Felton's sister tried to explain.
“My brother does have a long history of mental illness. He has been on anti-depressants and other medications that have been prescribed to him the last 13 years,” said Lastella Felton.
Caught in the middle of this murder investigation are 10 dogs including 8 puppies that were pulled from the home.
“They either have to go to a rescue group or they have to go back to a family member,” said Vince Farah with Henry County Animal Control.
Sheray’s family told Lucie that they haven’t decided what they will do about the dogs yet. They are planning her funeral now and will bury Sheray Felton in Chicago.
Joseph Felton will be extradited back to Henry County after he is formally charged in Chicago.