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Son ‘snapped’ when he shot his mom in the head for being a ‘nag,’ prosecutors say

Earnest McGee 34 told police 'he just snapped' when he killed his 62-year-old mother for being  'nag' prosecutors alleged

Earnest McGee, 34, told police 'he just snapped' when he killed his 62-year-old mother for being 'nag,' prosecutors alleged Friday. | Chicago Police Dept. photo

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Updated: August 1, 2012 6:07AM

A South Side man told police he “just snapped” when he killed his 62-year-old mother for being “a nag,” prosecutors alleged Friday.

Earnest McGee, 34, told police Aletha McGee was driving him crazy when he shot her six times earlier this week while she sat in a recliner in her basement in the 9000 block of South Dobson, assistant Cook County state’s attorney Jamie Santini said.

“I just snapped, that’s all,” Earnest McGee said, according to prosecutors.

The gunman himself called and met with police Tuesday night so they could conduct a well being check, Santini said. Earnest McGee told officers his mother wasn’t picking up her phone or answering her door when he knocked, Santini said.

He also told police he tried opening his mother’s door but couldn’t get in. However, officers found the back door unlocked and were able to enter the residence. They also noticed a key had been broken off in the lock of the door, Santini said.

Inside, officers found Aletha McGee still in her chair. There were two close range gunshots to her head, Santini said. The house hadn’t been ransacked but the woman’s 2010 Ford Focus was missing. She was killed after she argued with her son sometime between Sunday and Tuesday, Santini said.

Earnest McGee admitted to others that he took his mother’s car and placed the .357 weapon he used to shoot her inside, prosecutors said. The Ford Focus was found three blocks from Aletha McGee’s home on Wednesday in the 7200 block of South East End. The revolver was also recovered, Santini said.

Aletha McGee’s credit card and car keys were also found in her barber son’s apartment, in the 1500 block of East 74th Street, authorities said.

Judge Donald Panarese Jr. ordered Earnest McGee held without bail Friday.

Earlier this week, Aletha McGee’s neighbors described her as a church going grandmother who enjoyed to garden. The woman, known to many on her quiet street as “auntie,” had recently retired from AT&T and had lived in the neighborhood for nearly four decades, her friends said.

“She was my best friend, my sister really,” Aletha McGee’s next door neighbor said. “She was a beautiful person. I can’t believe this craziness.”

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