GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) -- A Greensboro mom could face the death penalty. Brittany McKinney, 28, faced a judge for the first time on Thursday, Jan. 2, after police say she shot and killed three people Wednesday morning.
Veronica Hayes was with McKinney less than 30 minutes after investigators say McKinney shot and killed her 10-year-old daughter Mkenzie, 2-year-old niece Serenity, and 61-year-old Jerry Griffin, who was living with the family on Sweet Birch Drive.
Greensboro police say McKinney was involved in a crash on Wendover Avenue, where she hit a power pole and Hayes' car, just moments after the killings allegedly took place.
"I was just trying to make sure she was OK, not knowing what had happened moments before," Hayes said. "She grabbed my hoodie and said, 'I don't want you to be involved.' She said, 'Sis, I don't want you to be involved.'"
Also happening in that timeframe, a heart-wrenching phone call from McKinney to her sister.
"She said, 'I killed everybody. I shot everybody in the house,'" said Delilah Merritt, McKinney's sister. "She's like, 'My baby, my baby, I shot my baby.' And then I said, 'Where's Serenity?' and she said, 'I shot her too.'"
That's when Merritt knew something was wrong and called for a welfare check on McKinney's home.
McKinney is being held without bond and is expected to be back in court on Feb. 11.