A Georgia teenager could spend the rest of his life behind bars after beating his grandmother to death with a baseball bat. JeNorman Bland, 18, has been charged with murder, false imprisonment, kidnapping and armed robbery in connection to the death of his 61-year-old grandmother, Glenda Woodard. Bland told police that the shocking death stemmed from her refusal to take him to the store to buy cigarettes.
Authorities reported that Bland told police he asked her for a ride to a convenience store, but she was already getting ready to go to work. This upset him so much that he went outside, got a baseball bat and then began hitting her with it. Butts County Sheriff Gray Long told a local radio station that the grandmother was “struck multiple times” with the baseball bat. After beating her, he stole her car before eventually being arrested by police.
Her neighbors and other residents in her close-knit community said they were devastated by the brutal death. “I couldn’t help but cry because I knew she was a sweet person,” said her neighbor, Maury Webb. Family member Mozal Mayfield said he still had no answers as to what led to Bland’s violent actions. “I believe he loved her. I really do. I know there’s no reason for him not to love her,” he said. “She was a very loving person.”
Bland is currently being held behind bars without the possibility of bail.
(Photo: Butts County Police Department)