Girl, 14, ‘shot her mother dead and wounded her stepfather in rampage’ in their Mississippi home before he wrestled the gun away from her

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Written By Maya Cantina
  • Maths teacher Ashley Smylie, 40, allegedly gunned down by her own daughter
  • Her husband Heath came home to find the body and was allegedly shot too
  • He wrestled the gun away from her and she fled before police caught her 

A 14-year-old girl has alleged shot dead her mother and wounded her stepfather before he wrestled the gun away and she fled.

Heath Smylie, 38, come home soon beofre 5pm on Tuesday to find his wife Ashley Smylie, 40, dead and his stepdaughter Carly Madison Gregg holding a pistol.

She allegedly shot him in the shoulder in their home on Ashton Way in Jackson, Mississippi, but he was able to overpower her and grab the gun.

Gregg jumped over a backyard fence and ran away, but was caught by police about half an hour later after they hunted her in a helicopter.

Ashley Smylie, 40, was allegedly shot dead by her 14-year-old daughter

Carly Madison Gregg, 14, was charged as an adult with murdering her mother and the attempted murder of her

Carly Madison Gregg, 14, was charged as an adult with murdering her mother and the attempted murder of her 

Ashley taught maths at Northwest Rankin High School, where her daughter was a student, and named new teacher of the year in 2022.

A student’s sister wrote on social media that ‘everyone loved her’. 

Gregg was charged as an adult with murdering her mother and the attempted murder of Heath Smylie, Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey said.

Friends posted tributes to Ashley Smylie online and vented their grief at her daughter’s alleged actions.

You probably won’t see this, I don’t care if you do, but really you coulda reached out to [somebody] other than take the life of an amazing WOMAN,’ one commented on Gregg’s social media page.

Gregg jumped over a backyard fence and ran away, but was caught by police about half an hour later after they hunted her in a helicopter

Gregg jumped over a backyard fence and ran away, but was caught by police about half an hour later after they hunted her in a helicopter

Gregg briefly appeared at Rankin County Court before Judge Kent McDaniel Wednesday morning

Gregg briefly appeared at Rankin County Court before Judge Kent McDaniel Wednesday morning

‘We can’t do nothing now but grieve because of the mistake YOU made, you didn’t need to take someone’s life to get away from the problems you had. 

‘Because now you have made an even bigger problem with yourself and others, did you feel proud?

‘Did your heart sink deeper into your chest when you pulled the trigger? Do you feel what WE FEEL NOW? 

‘I pray for you, and may God bless you but what you have done will stick with everyone forever.’

Less than four weeks before the shooting, Gregg posted a series of photos of the family’s two dogs and three cats, writing ‘I love my animals’.

Ashley Smylie was found dead at her home on Ashton Way in Jackson, Mississippi, on Tuesday afternoon when her stepfather Heath came home

Ashley Smylie was found dead at her home on Ashton Way in Jackson, Mississippi, on Tuesday afternoon when her stepfather Heath came home

The teenager was taken to Rankin County Juvenile Detention Center but moved to the adult jail on Wednesday.

Gregg briefly appeared at Rankin County Court before Judge Kent McDaniel Wednesday morning.

Ashley Smylie previously taught at Warren Central High School for five years.

Her body was taken to State Medical Examiner for an autopsy by Rankin County Coroner David Ruth to investigate her death.

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