23-year-old lady killed her mum with frying pan and knife AFTER the woman discovered her college secret


A 23-year-old lady killed her mother by beating her with a frying pan and stabbing her dozens of times because she had found her secret – that the younger woman had been kicked out of college.

What happened

Sydney Powell of Akron, Ohio, USA was found guilty of murder, felonious assault and tampering with evidence in the brutal death of health care worker Brenda Powell, 50, according to the S​ummit County Prosecutor’s Office.

‘In March of 2020, Powell struck Brenda Powell in the head with an iron skillet, then stabbed her nearly 30 times in the neck,’ the office said in a release.

Powell, a former Mount Union University student, sobbed in the Summit County Common Pleas courtroom after a jury found her guilty on Wednesday last week, September 20, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.

Brenda died

Police found Brenda inside her home with severe injuries on March 3, 2020.

Both she and her then-19-year-old daughter were taken to a hospital, where Brenda eventually died.

Sydney Powell could receive a maximum of life behind bars with possible parole after 15 years.

Summit County Sheriff’s Office Prosecutors said Powell attacked her mother who worked as a child life specialist at Akron Children’s Hospital while she was on the phone with officials from her school.

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During the trial, the defense argued Sydney suffered from schizophrenia and therefore could not be held accountable for the murder.

Why daughter killed her mom

James Reardon, one of three defense experts who made the diagnosis, said Sydney suffered a psychotic break when she killed her mom, whom she had considered her best friend.

But Sylvia O’Bradovich, a psychologist hired by prosecutors, disagreed with the diagnosis and said Sydney didn’t meet the legal definition of insanity at the time of the crime.

O’Bradovich acknowleged that Sydney suffers from mental health issues, including borderline personality traits, malingering and an anxiety disorder.

Jury to decide?

Steven Powell, Sydney’s father and Brenda’s husband, and maternal grandmother Betsy Brown had urged prosecutors to reach a resolution without a trial, according to the outlet.

But the prosecution said it wanted a jury to decide.

‘Sydney stopped attacking with the pan, presumably went to the kitchen with a knife,’ Assistant Prosecutor Brian Stano said.

‘She had to switch weapons and keep attacking her,’ he said, adding that Sydney carried out the deadly attack because she didn’t want her secret to be revealed.

‘Just the knife just in the neck multiple times? That is purposeful. That is trying to end someone,’ Stano said.

Powell’s sentencing is scheduled for September 28.

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