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Emily (a/k/a ‘Ross’) McFarland ‘Harbored Animosity’ Toward Victim, Police Say

Posted on | October 21, 2019 | Comments Off on Emily (a/k/a ‘Ross’) McFarland ‘Harbored Animosity’ Toward Victim, Police Say


Sunday, we reported on the murder of Martha White, 66, in Auburn, Alabama. A news account stated that the suspect in that case, named as Ross Jonathan McFarland, 16, was “publicly known to identify as male” and yet was “being held at the Lee County Detention Facility as a female.” The latest news clarifies the circumstances of the case:

An affidavit filed in Lee County court details the murder of an Auburn woman shot last Thursday and claims she was killed by her previous soon-to-be teenage step-son.
Ross Jonathan McFarland, formerly known as Emily Ruth McFarland, 16, is charged with the murder of Martha “Marti” Jones White, 66.
White was engaged to McFarland’s father, according to the affidavit obtained by the Opelika-Auburn News on Monday afternoon.
Auburn police responded to a subdivision in the 700 block of Burke Place at about 7 p.m. Thursday after receiving a call reporting an unresponsive female.
When officers arrived they located White, who was lying on the floor suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the face. She was pronounced deceased at the scene.
McFarland was developed as a suspect during the investigation.
Police discovered that there was a missing Smith & Wesson .40-caliber handgun missing from the residence while interviewing an unidentified individual, the affidavit said.
Police later located a witness who was a close friend with McFarland. The witness stated that she and McFarland were in the residence earlier and she saw McFarland shoot White as she turned her head to look away from him, said the affidavit.
McFarland then picked up the shell casing and the two left the residence, the witness stated to police.
“The witness also stated that McFarland harbored animosity towards White for being engaged to his father in such a short time after his mother’s death,” the affidavit reads.

The suspect is the daughter of Dr. John H. McFarland, 68, and his late wife Donna, who died last November at age 45. So, the doctor’s wife dies and his daughter now identifies as his “son,” who shot his fiancée to death. It’s a latter-day Peyton Place down in East Alabama, ain’t it?



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