Sister turned in mother, sibling for murder

HARTSELLE, Ala. (AP) - A woman said she turned in her mother and sister in the death of a 79-year-old woman who was in her mother's care in Ohio.

Amanda Borden, 19, said her younger sister, Jamie Lee Wagner, told her during a visit that she smothered the woman with a pillow last summer at her mother's urging.

Wagner, 18, and Michelle Cramer, 40, of Ravenna, Ohio, have been charged with aggravated murder in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. They were being held in the Summit County Jail in Akron on $1 million bond.

Gysberta Boer was thought to have died of natural causes.

"The worst thing in the world is for a daughter to turn in her own mother," Borden said. "It's hard to cope with."

Borden, of Hartselle, confided in her older sister, Renee Leonard, 25, of Cuyahoga Falls, and they decided they had to notify Ohio authorities.

When Cramer and Wagner were charged earlier this month, Cuyahoga Falls police Lt. Matthew Marino would say only that a confidential tipster led them to the pair.

Wagner appeared relieved to tell the story, police Detective Sgt. Dale Gramley said at the time.

"She was very, very cooperative and very remorseful. This was eating at her for quite a long time," he said.

Borden said Wagner told her that her mother approached her last June with a plan to kill Boer, who Cramer believed had included her in a will.

Under the plan, Cramer would leave Boer's home and take her mentally disabled daughter with her. Once alone, Wagner would suffocate Boer with a pillow.

Cramer would come home and find the body and perform CPR to make it appear like a natural death.

Borden said Wagner told her the plan went off without a hitch.

She said her sister described how the elderly woman struggled and cried out that "the devil has sent her," prompting Wagner to press a pillow even harder to the woman's face.

It turned out Cramer was not a primary beneficiary in Boer's will.

Under the will's terms, Cramer would receive nothing as long as Boer's daughter is alive, according to Boer's lawyer, E. Larry Davison of Akron.

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