Loretta Carr: Her daughter files for youthful offender status as both women possibly face death penalty

Lavinia Thompson
Degrees of Monstrosity: Female Killers
4 min readJun 18, 2024

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The daughter of a woman from accused of pushing someone off a cliff in 2021 has filed for youthful offender status for her alleged part in the murder, for which the mother and daughter could face the death penalty, according to WAFF.

Jessie Kelly, from Fort Payne, Alabama, was barely 18 when Mary Elizabeth Isbell wound up dead at the bottom of a cliff in the Little River Canyon National Park, where prosecutors allege that Kelly’s mother, Loretta Carr, pushed Isbell to her death, and that Kelly was involved.

In court back in February 2024, Kelly submitted character reference letters to a Dekalb County judge. In those letters was one she wrote herself, according to a report by the Hartselle Enquirer.

The Dekalb County Sheriff’s office confirmed to the Enquirer that the two women are incarcerated separately while awaiting trial. When her mother was arrested in June 2023, Kelly was already in prison in Pennsylvania, awaiting extradition to Missouri to face a felony theft charge, the Enquirer says. In July, she was extradited to Alabama.

Jessie Kelly (Cherokee County Jail)

The eight letters of support Kelly presented to the judge were apparently from fellow inmates, the Enquirer says.

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Lavinia Thompson
Degrees of Monstrosity: Female Killers

Just an old garden witch who writes about murder, true and fictional.