Leon County Sheriff investigating death of murder suspect's teenage daughter

Published: Jul. 10, 2019 at 5:15 PM CDT
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A woman arrested in a Leon County cold case is now under suspicion for her teenage daughter's death in 1981.

Back in 1981, Pam Allbritton died after being shot by a rifle. It happened inside a home on Highway 75 south of Buffalo. The 13-year-old's death was ruled a suicide at the time, but that case is being opened up again.

“I saw Pam the night before she died," said Judy Robinson. She is Pam's half-sister and former stepdaughter of Norma Allbritton.

"She was so excited because her coach, she was a bookkeeper for the basketball team and they had just gotten back from Centerville from the basketball game. And she was so excited because the coach told her to bring her workout clothes, that she was going to start working out with the basketball team," said Robinson.

She has doubts the death was accidental.

Earlier this month Pam's mother, 84-year-old Norma Allbritton, was arrested for the murder of her husband Johnnie Allbritton. He died on May 14, 1984, and was found dead from five shotgun blasts in the same home as Pam.

"Through this investigation the suicide of her daughter has raised suspicion and we're going to investigate that also," said Sheriff Kevin Ellis of Leon County.

Ellis would not disclose yet what new evidence has come to light in the death of Pam. He also wasn't ready to share their investigation methods for the cold case.

"There's many things that can hamper you, you know when you're dealing with those cold cases," said Donnie Manry, who is a local private investigator and former Bryan Police Officer.

While Manry isn't familiar with the details of this case, he shared his thoughts about what investigators are up against.

"You know with passage of time some things get better, some things get worse. With the passage of time, you lose witnesses, difficulty finding witnesses. Their memory is not what it was 30 years ago," he said.

“Referencing your cold case as a suicide that can present some different issues. A lot of times when cases are ruled suicides a lot of times those cases are closed out. That evidence may not be kept," said Manry.

Robinson claims Norma's elderly looks are deceiving.

"She was the meanest person on earth I will say that. I have never, ever come across anybody that was evil as that woman was and my life like I said she raised me and she was a mean woman," she said.

Normal posted $50,000 on July 3 from the Leon County Jail after being arrested and indicted for her husband's murder. She lives in Palestine now.

Manry tells us statistically speaking having a woman commit suicide with a long gun is very rare but still happens.