Christie Files (above) called the Jacksonville, Florida sheriff Sunday night after her stepson, Bryan Layfield, had been shot and killed. She told the local 5-O that she’d seen two unidentified suspects hopping her back fence after she heard the gunshot. Upon further investigation, however, constables found a bloody .22 rifle stashed in Files’ attic. It didn’t take much longer to determine that, in fact, Layfield had accidentally been shot inside the home . . .
While the the article at news4jax.com studiously avoids saying exactly who shot Master Layfield, it seems a safe bet that Ms. Files (who apparently is no relation to Packers linebacker Clay Matthews) pulled the trigger.
Police have not released a report on the shooting itself. Other than a preliminary statement given at the scene Sunday night, the Sheriff’s Office has only said: “This is an active homicide investigation. The victim did not shoot himself.”
Like her husband, the late Bryan’s father, Files is currently an all-expenses-paid guest of Jacksonville’s taxpayers where she’s been charged with tampering with evidence. You don’t have to be Nostradamus to see the possibility of a manslaughter charge in her future, too. In any case, we sincerely hope she doesn’t stash the IGOTD trophy she’s about to receive in her attic. It may be all she has to fend off real bad guys should she make bail.
[h/t David P.]