Man arraigned on felony murder charge for stabbing his mother

Man arraigned on felony murder charge for stabbing his mother

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. --  If you ask Amber about her mother, Susan Jackson, she'll tell you that she was a loving caretaker, a well-respected nurse, and someone who believed she could help anyone.

Including the man accused of her murder, her 23-year-old son Sean Patrick Kelley.

Kelley was named as a suspect in the murder of his mother, Susan Carol Jackson, 59, who was found dead in her Springfield home on Tuesday. Later that day, California Police found Kelley in Willitz, California at a family home. He waived extradition and was lodged at the Lane County Jail Thursday morning, Springfield Police Sergeant David Lewis said.

Kelley was formally arraigned in Eugene Thursday on a felony murder charge.

"We have surveyed the scene and looked at the trauma to her. She has obvious trauma to her upper body neck and head and we found weapons at the scene and we've also talked to Mr. Kelley since we've arrested him,” said Sgt. Lewis.

Sgt. Lewis said officers found Jackson while conducting a welfare check at her house. As it was their second time checking on Jackson, they entered the home and found Jackson's body.

“It's the individual officer’s call, supervisors call on those kind of things and they have to just kind of weigh all the circumstances,” said Sgt. Lewis.

Jackson was a registered nurse for 10 years, a mother to 5 and a sister to 2, Jackson's daughter, Amber, told KVAL News.

She didn't want to go on camera, but if you ask amber about her brother she'd say he was very troubled.

Amber said that her brother Sean was a diagnosed schizophrenic, who was off of his medication.

“He's had some issues with her… recently he was arrested on the 7th of this month for menacing her, went to jail, those charges weren't filed, he was referred to mental health at that time,” said Sgt. Lewis.

Amber said her mother tried desperately to help her brother. She believes the system failed them.

Jackson was a mother to 5, a sister to 2, and a member of SGI Buddhist Center in Eugene.

This is a developing story, updates will be on KVAL News or this website when they come in.