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An Alabama teen has been jailed for 50 years for killing his doctor father’s new fiancée in a fit of rage after his father became engaged to the woman just 11 months after the teen’s mother died.
Ross McFarland, 18, pleaded guilty Thursday to the murder of teacher Martha Jones ‘Marti’ White, 66, on October 17, 2019 in Auburn, Alabama.
She was 16 years old at the time of the murder.Lee County officials said McFarland “harbored animosity” toward the woman who became engaged to his father, Dr. John McFarland, just 11 months after his mother’s death.Donna McFarland was a scientist who died in November 2018 at just 45 years old. She graduated with a degree in microbiology and was married to John McFarland for 22 years.
She had two other children besides Ross, named Avery and Samuel.Donna McFarland’s Facebook profile, which has not been updated since before her death, lists her relationship status as separated.Auburn City Police responded to a home and found White dead on the ground with a gunshot wound to the face.White was the mother of two children and grandmother of five, as well as a retired teacher from the city’s school district.
Today we are getting closer to obtaining justice for our dear mother Martí Blanco. She was a faithful and committed servant to EVERY child in her life, from the countless number of young students of hers to her loving family, children and her precious grandchildren,’ Chaisson said.
‘Investigators said McFarland admitted to fantasizing about killing other people in his community, including children, in a statement after his arrest.
When authorities investigated the case, they found a Smith & Wesson .40-caliber pistol missing from Dr. McFarland’s home.They eventually found a witness who was a close friend of Ross McFarland, who said he saw McFarland shoot White when she turned her head to look away, News 19 said.
McFarland was sentenced to 50 years in prison. He was denied youthful offender status despite having no prior criminal record.
John McFarland serves as medical director at Lee County Sheriff’s Office. He also works as an ER doctor at East Alabama Medical Center.McFarland has since remarried, to a retiree called Kathy Timberlake.
- Ross McFarland, then 16, entered a guilty plea on Thursday in the murder of Martha Jones ‘Marti’ White, 66 on October 17, 2019
- Officials said McFarland ‘harbored animosity’ toward the woman who engaged his father, Dr. John McFarland, just 11 months after his mother’s death
- Police in the city of Auburn responded to a home and found White dead on the floor with a gunshot wound to her face
- White was herself a mother of two and grandmother of five, as well as a retired teacher from the city’s school district