CHICAGO
06/29/2012 05:50 pm ET

Earnest McGee Told Police He 'Snapped,' Fatally Shot Mother For Nagging Him, Prosecutors Say

Prosecutors say a 34-year-old man told police he fatally shot his 62-year-old mother six times earlier this week because he "snapped" when she wouldn't stop nagging him.

Earnest McGee is facing one count of first-degree murder in the death of his mother Althea McGee, who was found shot in her Burnside home after family members requested a well-being check, NBC Chicago reports.

McGee told investigators in a videotaped statement that his mother was "always nagging him" and "driving him crazy," prosecutors told the Chicago Tribune. In explaining his actions, McGee said "I just snapped, that's all," according to prosecutors.''

Neighbor Parthenia Jones described Althea McGee to the Chicago Sun-Times as a "lovely person" and beloved "auntie" in the neighborhood who was devoted to the community and her church. McGee lived in the neighborhood for 37 years and had recently retired from AT&T.

McGee's body was found the same night police discovered the body of Donald Ellens, 75, who was stabbed to death in his home six blocks away, CBS Chicago reports. Police do not believe the two murders are related.

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