Amelia Bird suffered extreme physical abuse at the hands of her father and brother throughout her life. As a teenager, Amelia resorted to drugs and an unstable and violent boyfriend, Chad Brantley, for refuge and comfort. When she was 16 years old, she complained to her then ex-boyfriend Brantley about the abuse. In an effort to win back Amelia’s affections and to enable him to continue to control her life, Brantley took it upon himself to enter her parents’ house at night while Amelia was sleeping and shot both of her parents. Her mother died and her father was badly injured.
Charged along with Brantley, and threatened with first degree murder and the death penalty, Amelia eventually relented and took the plea to second-degree murder and first-degree assault. She received two life sentences to be served consecutively, and won’t be eligible for parole until she is at least 60.