FORT WORTH -- Neighbors on Heritage Lane in south Fort Worth are in disbelief. An elderly woman they grew fond of over so many years was found dead in her home on Wednesday afternoon.
"This is all pretty hard, considering I just seen her over the weekend," said Danny Messick, a neighbor.
Wednesday night, they arrested her son, 50-year-old Kenneth E. Baker, for the murder. The medical examiner identified the deceased as 85-year-old Margaret Shelton.
Police say it was Baker who made the 911 call that brought police to the house. He told them over the phone he had killed his mother, and confessed to the murder again when they arrived.
Police also found a dead dog in the garage that Baker said he killed.
Every neighbor we spoke with confirmed a mother and son had lived in the home, but police would only classify it as a "domestic" incident.
"We received a 911 call that there was a dead body inside of the house," said FWPD Sgt. Marc Povero.
Neighbors told News 8 that the elderly woman was in her 80s, but hadn't slowed down.
"She was just an active lady," said long-time neighbor Peggy James.
"We'd come home, and our front yard would be mowed by her," Messick said.
Danny Messick told News 8 he got a call from the woman's estranged husband talking about a call he got from Baker.
"He just said he had murdered his mom and dog, and was calling the police," Messick recalled the conversation.
On Tuesday, neighbors say they heard raised voices between the mother and Baker in front of the home.
"Don't know what it was about, but you could tell it was a very heated argument," said neighbor Kelton Franklin.
There are still so many unanswered questions. And answers that may not come easily or, in this neighborhood, be received easily.
"Anytime I hear any thing like that, it bothers me," said neighbor Aaron Franklin.
Baker is being held in the Mansfield Jail on a $250,000 bond.