Police capture Gwinnett man accused of stabbing his mother to death

by: Kerry Kavanaugh Updated:

In the arrest warrants, a detective explained he believes Wilson stabbed his mother, Phyllis Wilson, 10 times. The warrants said she suffered wounds to her face, throat and chest.

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Police tell Channel 2 Action News they have captured the man accused of stabbing his 72-year-old mother to death inside their Lawrenceville home.

Mark Wilson, 42, was caught Wednesday night just before 7 p.m.

Police have not said what clues or evidence pointed them to the Wilson, but he is charged with felony murder and assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly taking his mother's life.


In the arrest warrants, a detective explained he believes Wilson stabbed his mother, Phyllis Wilson, 10 times. The warrants said she suffered wounds to her face, throat and chest.

Police told Kavanaugh that Phyllis Wilson was in poor health and was partially paralyzed.

Investigators said when they arrived at the scene on Simonton Glen Drive Tuesday crime scene technicians were still gathering evidence inside the home.

Police said the woman's husband and a caretaker discovered her body that morning.

They said Wilson's husband was visibly distraught. Neighbors told Kavanaugh they could only offer support.

"When I spoke to him, all he could do was cry. So I didn't say anything to him, I just let him cry," one neighbor said.

Police told Kavanaugh they know very little about Wilson.

"We don't have any records with our agency as far as any call for reports or calls for service to that location or with them," Gwinnett County police Cpl. Ed Ritter said.

But they said Mark Wilson was a diagnosed schizophrenic and could be a danger to the community.

"Based on the fact that he is a homicide suspect and with his mental state, we're not sure how bad it is. So, we urged anybody who has contact with him to use caution," Ritter said.

While Gwinnett police believe they know what happened at the home on Tuesday, they don't know why.

They are still attempting to establish a motive for this homicide.