Son in custody for mother’s death in Orangefield
County deputies have taken into custody the 14-year old son of
Orangefield school teacher, Staci Lisenby, for the alleged shooting death
of his mother. Lisenby was shot in the head in her home on Sunday, Feb.
20, and died the next day.
The Orange County Probation Department issued
a directive to apprehend yesterday, Feb. 28. The juvenile’s attorney,
Wendell Odom Jr. out of Houston, brought him to the Orange County
Sheriff’s Office where the juvenile was taken into custody just three
days after the funeral of Mrs. Lisenby on Saturday,
The juvenile will be arraigned at the end of the week at the Minnie Rogers Juvenile Justice Center in Beaumont.
A probable cause affidavit investigators in Orange County used to get a search warrant for the home and property belonging to Staci Lisenby and her family has been obtained by The Record.
On Friday, Feb. 26, Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt released a statement that pointed at the teacher’s son as a suspect in the murder. The statement withheld the name of the juvenile and there was no mention of a murder weapon.
Mrs. Lisenby and her 14-year old son were the only occupants in the residence at 2478 Oilla Road in Orangefield at the time of the incident around 6 p.m. The Orangefield teenager called 9-1-1 and told officers an intruder shot his mother then fled.
The son told officers: “he was laying on the couch in the living room and his mother was sitting at a small desk at the corner of the living room.”
The document continues, saying the teen “suddenly heard a shot and turned and saw an unknown white male opening and fleeing out the front door of the residence.”
According to the probable cause affidavit she was shot with a .22 caliber bullet.
According to the affidavit, the son told the investigator, the son chased the subject out the door and to the left towards a wooded area. He realized he could not catch the subject and said he returned to the residence and called 9-1-1. The son said that he did not see the gun used to shoot his mother.
The affidavit pointed out that the area where the son said the intruder went was soaked with water and mud. Investigators could not find any evidence to indicate anyone had walked or ran through the area.
Investigators canvassed the neighborhood and began processing the crime scene. The Beaumont Police Department K-9 Unit also responded to the scene with bloodhounds. The search, however, did not reveal any evidence of an intruder.
“Found on the property was key evidence that confirms investigators beliefs that this was not a crime committed by a stranger,” Sheriff Keith Merritt told the media Friday reading from a prepared statement. Merritt said the primary suspect was a 14-year old juvenile. The Orangefield teen would be charged pending a review of the case by Orange County District Attorney John Kimbrough.
Investigators told The Record Newspapers they received information indicating the son found the .22 caliber revolver in the attic of his home and kept it hidden from his parents.
Following the shooting Staci Lisenby was transported to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont via Air Ambulance. Upon arrival she was treated and transferred to the ICU Unit where she died Feb. 21.
Lisenby was a 1983 graduate of Orangefield High School and was a 6th grade math teacher with the Orangefield school district since 2005. She was named Teacher of the Year at Orangefield Junior High in 2010.