Pennsylvania mother blames daughter in murders of 5 family members


Authorities said Monday that a Philadelphia-area mother and daughter have been convicted of killing five family members, including three children.

Shana Selena Decree, 47, and her 21-year-old daughter Dominic Kieran will serve five consecutive life sentences after being convicted, but are mentally ill on five counts of first-degree murder and one count of criminal conspiracy, Buck County. The County Attorney’s Office stated.

Shana Decree, 47, left, and her daughter Dominic Decree, 21. The mother and her adult daughter were sentenced to prison in Philadelphia last year for killing five close relatives, including three children.  (Bucks County District Attorney's Office via AP, file)

Shana Decree, 47, left, and her daughter Dominic Decree, 21. The mother and her adult daughter were sentenced to prison in Philadelphia last year for killing five close relatives, including three children. (Bucks County District Attorney’s Office via AP, file)

Prosecutors said between February 23 and February 25, 2019, the pair killed Sharna Decree’s children Nahira Ira Smith, 25, and Damon Decree Jr., 13, both of Morrisville, her sister, Jamon Campbell, 42, Trenton . NJ, and Campbell’s 9-year-old twin daughters Imani and Erica Allen.

“Today we mourn with the families of Erica and Imani Allen, Damon Decree, Naerah Smith and Jemila Campbell, whose mother and daughter Shana and Dominic Decree were murdered,” said Baikida County District Attorney Matt Weintraub. “Were it not for their serious mental illness, both would face the death penalty. As it stands, they would both spend the rest of their lives in prison cells as punishment.”

The bodies of the deceased were found on February 25 in the bedroom of an apartment in Morrisville. According to an autopsy, the twin girls, Decree and Smith, were killed with homicidal asphyxia and Campbell’s death was caused by homigidal ligature fragmentation.

A temporary memorial is seen outside the Robert Morris apartment in Morrisville, with 47-year-old Pa Shana Decree and 21-year-old Dominic Decree convicted in five counts of first-degree murder and sentenced in the Buca County Court.  (AP Photo / Matt Slocum, File)

A temporary memorial is seen outside the Robert Morris apartment in Morrisville, the 47-year-old Pa Shana decree, and the 21-year-old Dominic decree convicted and sentenced in Bucks County Court after pleading guilty to five counts of first-degree murder . (AP Photo / Matt Slocum, File)

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The plaintiffs said the Shana decree told investigators that all five victims wanted to die. Several health professionals stated that both suspects were guilty but were suffering mental illness at the time of the murders.

“By killing, Erika, Imani, Daemon, Naerah, and Jamila, they have destroyed entire generations of their own family,” said Ventrab.

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