Woman told police she doesn't recollect shooting

2012-06-01T14:30:00Z 2012-12-03T15:14:39Z Woman told police she doesn't recollect shootingBy JEFF REINITZ, jeff.reinitz@wcfcourier.com Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

WATERLOO, Iowa --- To Anna Marie Bunch, her brother's blood on her clothing was a flower.

That's what Bunch told Investigator Brice Lippert with the Waterloo Police Department when he asked about the crimson stain on her yellow jacket.

She also said she didn't remember shooting her brother, Warren Jefferson-Bey, in the mouth at her apartment or chasing her sister, Carole Townsend-Sims, with a revolver, firing off more shots.

Bunch, 50, Waterloo, is charged with attempted murder in the March 26, 2010, shooting, which knocked out some of Jefferson-Bey's teeth.

Her attorney, John Bishop, said Bunch was suffering from a psychotic episode and was insane at the time of the shooting.

He said Bunch had no reason to hurt her brother and sister when she began yelling, eyes bulging, and grabbed a gun.

On Thursday, prosecutors played video of three interviews Bunch had with police following the shooting.

"I don't have blood on me. Where?" Bunch asked Lippert, who pointed out the splotch a number of times.

He finally had her take off her jacket and spread it out on a table in the interview room.

"Don't touch it. That's Warren's blood," he said as she moved her hand toward the stain. She said the stain was a flower.

For the entire first interview, she denied knowing anything about the shooting or having her brother and sister at her home, even after confronted with the fact that both Jefferson-Bey and Townsend-Sims had identified her as the shooter and blood and bullet holes were found in her apartment.

Police said they also found a single un-fired .22-caliber round and dislodged teeth in and around the apartment.

"What happened in my apartment?" Bunch asked at one point.

"You shot Warren in your apartment," Lippert responded.

At another point, she said "I shot Warren? I don't recall shooting Warren." She also said she should have given police a reason to shoot her.

The blood flower was only one of many bizarre statements Bunch made as police questioned her.

She said she had implants that allowed her to hear voices.

"I've been wired from my head to the bottom of my feet," she said.

Her grandchildren were bugged with listening devices in their posteriors, and another relative's computer was rigged to make it appear her phone was calling other people, she told the detective. People also stole documents from her apartment, she said.

Following a break, Bunch returned to the interview room and offered a slightly different account, finally admitting her brother and sister came over to her apartment but saying she remembered Jefferson-Bey merely falling down and then getting up and leaving.

After a third break, she claimed it was her sister who shot Jefferson-Bey and stated that family members stole her inheritance.

Trial continues today at the Black Hawk County Courthouse.

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  1. Out-of-towner
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    Out-of-towner - June 01, 2012 6:13 pm
    Gee, I don't know. But it sounds logical to me...
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