The neighbors of a psychotic killer, a 39-year-old Anitra Braxton of Phoenix, Arizona, called 911 on the day after Christmas and reported that they ‘believed that a woman who had been visiting Braxton was dead inside her apartment’. When the police arrived to check out their story, they discovered a gruesome and grisly scene.
There, Pheonix police found Braxton inside her apartment, but that was not the only thing they found. As they looked inside, officers were able to see that a body, which had its head wrapped in a bloody towel, was on Braxton’s couch. Braxton, who neighbors told police acted “Like a psychotic rage…..constantly going off, constantly”, was described by Pheonix Police Spokesman Sgt. Trent Crump, as being “somewhat dilusional” during police interviews.
Through questioning Braxton and her neighbors, Police had soon discovered that the body in Braxton’s apartment had been there for at least 2 or3 days. “She will not tell us who the victim is. When we asked for the victim’s name, she gave us her own name”, said Crump, who also noted that the crime scene appeared to have been cleaned up (as reported by KNXV TV). Crump also was quoted as saying that “….at this point, we’re not sure what her thought process is or what type of mental illness she may be suffering from.”
It gets far worse: The woman that was found dead in Anitra Braxton’s apartment, was a black female who was believed pregnant. She died after being shot in the eye, according to AZ Central.
Lenner Tumbling, a resident living in the same building as Braxton, told KNXV that Braxton had moved in the apartment, alone, above him roughly 4 months earlier – was always noisy and constantly talking about the Book of Jeremiah and that he “…(knew) she had mental problems. Everyone around here knows that she does.” Tumbling continued “She would always talk about a certain book of the Bible, the book of Jeremiah. But all she kept saying is, ‘God told me to read the book of Jeremiah’ over and over again.”
After looking into Braxton’s past, it was discovered that she had quite a history of run-ins and problems with the law. Her mugshots, which were extensive, having accumulated a mound of police contact – she had been booked 15 times in the last 15 years for charges that included drugs, forgery, burglary and aggravated assault.
Braxton’s family and friend, a neighbor, have been quoted as saying that ‘there is no way she could have done this’. Braxton, who faces a first-degree premeditated murder charge, is being held on $750,000 bond. She will face yet another charge if the victim is confirmed to have been pregnant.
Braxton’s preliminary hearing will take place January 6, 2016.