Son admits to killing mom in Damascus

Published 12:04 am Saturday, December 11, 2010

By Lisa Tindell

A suspect had a car packed with clothes, seemingly for a getaway, and shovels ready to help dispose of a body when sheriff’s officials arrived on the scene of a homicide in the Damascus community Thursday night.

Damascus is approximately 10 miles from the Covington/Escambia county line in Escambia County.

Now in custody facing an open count of murder is the victim’s son, Jonathan Brian Fleming.

Angela Susan Fleming, 46, was found wrapped in carpeting on the back of her son’s truck when investigators arrived on the scene around 9 p.m. Thursday.


Chief Deputy Mike Lambert said the victim died of an apparent gunshot wound. The suspect initially confessed to the shooting of his mother, Lambert said.

“When we arrived at the home, Mrs. Fleming’s body had been wrapped in an rug from the living room and had been placed in the back of the suspect’s truck,” Lambert said. “When he came to the door we took him into custody without incident. He admitted to killing his mother at that time.”

Lambert said officers received a tip that the incident had taken place from a caller who said Fleming had solicited help to dispose of the body.

“The caller stated that Fleming had contacted him and said that he had killed his mother and needed help getting rid of the body,” Lambert said. “Instead of helping, he made that phone call and we responded.”

A rifle believed to have been used in the shooting was found at the 805 McGowin Hill Road home near an outbuilding.

Lambert said the victim and the suspect lived together at the home and there was no evidence anyone else was at the home at the time of the shooting.

“We don’t have any reason to believe there was anyone else at the house,” Lambert said.

Officers and investigators with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department and the Crime Scene Investigation Unit remained on the scene through most of Thursday night and returned to the scene on Friday to continue their investigation.

Fleming remained in the Escambia County Detention Center without bond as of press time Friday.