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Schizophrenic Gwinnett man indicted in mother's murder

Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A schizophrenic Lawrenceville man was indicted this week for the alleged murder of his mother.

Mark Raymond Wilson, 42, is accused of killing his mother, 72-year-old Phyllis Wilson, inside their Lawrenceville home on Sept. 11. The elder Wilson was reportedly stabbed 14 times in the neck and chest, her body left in the master bathroom for her husband and caretaker to discover.

A Gwinnett County grand jury this week indicted Mark Wilson on charges of murder, felony murder and aggravated assault.

After the body was discovered at about 10:30 a.m., Mark Wilson and the family's Toyota Camry was missing until police found him at a nearby gas station the following evening. The only other item missing from the home was a kitchen knife that reportedly matched the stab wounds.

Despite police finding no signs of forced entry, Wilson allegedly told authorities that he had checked on his mother and found a 6-foot-tall white man in a ski mask standing over her body. A Gwinnett County police detective testified in a preliminary hearing that Wilson's description of the alleged burglar varied as he was pressed by police.

Phyllis Wilson had been partially paralyzed by a stroke several years prior to her death. Police believe Mark Wilson suffers from schizophrenia, but family reportedly said he had been taking his medication properly.

The county's courts website listed no attorney for Mark Wilson.