Damien Winslow Washam: Alabama man kills mom with samurai sword, injures bedridden uncle

Damien Winslow Washam reportedly stabbed his mother, Helen Nettles Washam, 61, to death and critically injured his uncle who is bedridden


                            Damien Winslow Washam: Alabama man kills mom with samurai sword, injures bedridden uncle
Washam will be booked into jail on charges of murder, attempted murder, assault, and attempt to elude (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

MOBILE COUNTY, ALABAMA: Police have nabbed an Alabama man who allegedly killed his mother with a sword and left his bedridden uncle in a critical contidion on Sunday, January 16. 23-year-old Damien Winslow Washam reportedly stabbed his mother, Helen Nettles Washam, 61, to death and injured his uncle who is bedridden and suffers from cerebral palsy. He also injured Desmon Washam, the brother of Damien. Washam then fled the scene. Officers had to use a stun gun to subdue him after he attempted to run away. 

Washam is hospitalized at present and is expected to recover. He will be booked into Mobile County Metro Jail on charges of murder, attempted murder, assault, and attempt to elude. Desmon was treated at the scene in Semmes, a city in western Mobile County. The uncle, George Washam, 52, is still in a critical condition.

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This incident is not the only one where parents have been brutally attacked by their own children. Earlier this year, Chandler Halderson, 23, murdered his parents and chopped off their bodies using a saw and scissors before burning their heads in a fireplace. He then reported them missing.

Halderson is facing trial for the murder. He has also been charged with two counts of providing false information on a kidnapping, two counts of mutilating a corpse and two counts of hiding a corpse. It has been said that the young man first shot his 50-year-old father in the back and then murdered his 53-year-old mother in July 2021 before dismembering their bodies.

Halderson’s trial began on January 4, during which prosecutor William Brown alleged that he killed his parents because they got to know about his lies. Brown accused Halderson of catfishing his family and lying to them about a job he got at SpaceX and working for American Family Insurance. Besides, the suspect had also allegedly lied about attending Madison College and faked a “Human Resources representative from American Family Insurance to discuss issues with salary".

In November last year, a Texas teen was charged with capital murder after he confessed to fatally shooting his mother. Aime Salinas-Alvarado, a 47-year-old resident of Dallas, Texas, was allegedly shot in the head by her own teenage son, who then fled the scene. The teenager reportedly killed his mother when she was cradling her grandchild. Following the brutal murder, the accused dropped the toddler at the great-grandparents' house and left. 

In September last year, a teenager killed his mom while she was sleeping because she confiscated his phone. Shawn Willis, who was 17 at the time, allegedly shot his sleeping mother in the head in their Rocky Top home in April 2020. Shawn reportedly used his mother Sandy Willis' handgun she kept on her nightstand. Shawn took the gun from his mother's nightstand, took it into a different room to load it without his mother's hearing, stood over her bed and shot her at close range while she was asleep.

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