The Captain America actress accused of murdering her mother claims she stabbed her four times in the back in ‘self defense’ because her mom came at her with a knife.
Mollie Fitzgerald, 38, is charged with fatally stabbing Patricia ‘Tee’ Fitzgerald, 68, at her home in Olathe, Kansas on December 20.
Fitzgerald told police and 911 dispatchers after the bloody attack that her mother had tried to kill her, according to court records.
Patricia’s autopsy, however, found no evidence the mother had ever been in control of a knife and that the woman had suffered ‘defensive injuries’.
When police arrived at the home, they found Patricia lying dead near the front door with a knife in her back.
Fitzgerald told authorities that her mother had lunged at her with the knife and that she hit her with a vacuum part to disarm her.
During the struggle, Fitzgerald claims she grabbed the knife and stabbed her mother.
‘(Fitzgerald) said her mother just would not stop trying to take the knife to kill her, so she had to kill her mom,’ the arrest affidavit said.
Police said they found signs of a struggle inside the home, including an overturned chair and broken lamp.
Fitzgerald, who was still at the scene when police arrived, was taken to hospital for treatment on minor injuries.
She had cuts on the palms of her hands and a bite mark on her bicep.
Meanwhile, a medical examiner found that Patricia had suffered ‘defensive injuries’ in the attack and bruising on her face and neck that was consistent with being choked.
She also had multiple wounds on her hands, including one that almost severed her thumb.
The autopsy found no evidence that Patricia had been in control of the knife.
Fitzgerald was arrested on December 31 and charged with second degree murder following the results of her mother’s autopsy.
The actress and movie director and producer is best known for making a small appearance in the 2011 Marvel film Captain America: The First Avenger, where she played Stark Girl.