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Pickens County deputies say 35-year-old Suzanna Simpson was taken into custody as soon as she was released Monday afternoon and brought to jail. Pickens County deputies say 35-year-old Suzanna Simpson was taken into custody as soon as she was released Monday afternoon and brought to jail.
Sawyer Russell Simpson and Carly Ashelyn Simpson Sawyer Russell Simpson and Carly Ashelyn Simpson
A woman accused of killing her two children and shooting her husband in the head has been released from a Greenville hospital. A woman accused of killing her two children and shooting her husband in the head has been released from a Greenville hospital.
Ribbons on the doors of Dacusville Elementary School Wednesday morning. Ribbons on the doors of Dacusville Elementary School Wednesday morning.
Trees donated to school by local author. Trees donated to school by local author.
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Updated: June 10, 2013

A Pickens County woman charged with killing her two children and injuring her husband has temporarily been transferred to a different jail to get treatment for her own injuries.

Officials said Monday that Suzanna Simpson would be sent to the Greenville County jail so that she could get treatment for back injuries from a car wreck authorities say happened after the shootings.

Simpson was arrested last month and charged with killing her 7-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son in their beds. She is also charged with shooting her husband in the head.

Simpson spent several days in the hospital after crashing a pickup truck into a tree after the shootings. Arrest warrants say she told a hospital room nurse she wanted to kill herself too, but couldn't pull the trigger.

Updated: May 29, 2013

The man who investigators say was shot in the head by his wife continues to recover in the hospital.

Officials say Michael Simpson's condition has been upgraded to fair.

His wife, Suzanna Simpson, 35, is charged with shooting and killer her two children, as well as shooting her husband.

Keep checking back as we continue to follow this story.

Updated: May 26, 2013

Greenville Health System reports Michael John Simpson's condition has improved.  Hospital officials say his condition has been upgraded from critical to serious.

Updated: May 21, 2013

The scheduled arraignment for double-murder suspect Suzanna Brown Simpson was called off Tuesday morning.

The Pickens County Sheriff's Office reports the magistrate received a formal request from the public defender's office Tuesday morning for Simpson's arraignment to be waived.

Updated: May 21, 2013

A Pickens County mother charged with shooting and killing her two children is scheduled to face a judge Tuesday.

Suzanna Simpson, 35 will have a bond hearing at the Pickens County Courthouse.

Simpson is being held at the sheriff's office detention center after being released from the hospital on Monday.

Updated: May 20, 2013

A woman accused of killing her two children and shooting her husband in the head has been released from a Greenville hospital.

Pickens County deputies say 35-year-old Suzanna Simpson was taken into custody as soon as she was released Monday afternoon and brought to jail.

Simpson is charged with two counts of murder and attempted murder. Authorities say she killed her 7-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son in their beds last week and shot her husband. He remains in the hospital in critical condition.

Deputies say Simpson was hurt when she smashed her pickup into a tree after the shooting. An arrest warrant says she told a nurse she tried to kill herself after shooting her family, but couldn't pull the trigger.

It wasn't known if Simpson had a lawyer.

Updated: May 16, 2013

A candlelight vigil was held Thursday night to remember the two children who investigators say were shot and killed by their mother in Pickens County.

Over 100 people came together at Dacusville Elementary School to honor Carly and Sawyer Simpson at the Dacuville Elementary School. The sang songs, listened to bible verses and even lit candles to honor the young children. By 5 p.m. a large flower memorial had been set up at the school.

The sheriff's office says their mother, Suzanna Simpson, shot them multiple times in their beds.

Deputies say she then turned the gun on her husband Michael.  He's still in critical condition.

Investigators found Suzanna Simpson down the road in her wrecked car.  She's also in the hospital, listed in fair condition.

Updated: May 15, 2013

Autopsies were performed on the bodies of the two children who officials say were killed by their mother in Pickens County Tuesday.

The exams took place Wednesday on the bodies of Carly and Sawyer Simpson.  Investigators say both children died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds.

Their mother, Anna Simpson, is charged with murder in the deaths of the children, 7 and 5-years-old.  She's also accused of shooting her husband Michael John Simpson.

Both Anna and Michael are in the hospital.  She is listed in serious condition, while her husband is listed as critical.

The investigation into the case continues.

The Pickens County Sheriff's Office released a statement Wednesday, saying that they would not be going into detail about how many times the children were shot, or the conditions of their bodies, pending a trial in the case.

Neighbors tell Seven on your Side Simpson was a very involved mom, and was "always" with her children.  "We just saw them a few days having a family picnic in the yard for Mother's Day," says Alex Dillard.  "She was constantly with her children."

Meanwhile, shaken community members drove by the family home Wednesday, some dropping off signs of support.  Cynthia Howell, whose son was in the same class as Sawyer Simpson, laid a balloon in the family yard to remember the child.  "It's just so sad," Howell says.  "My son said yesterday was a really hard day."

Pickens County School District Officials tell 7 On Your Side grief counselors are available to students and staff at Dacusville Elementary School following the deaths of two students.  Parents who have children in the same classrooms as the Simpson children have been contacted. 

Local novelist Chad Dudley, who is based down the street from the school, has donated two Japanese maple trees to help start the healing process and show support for the community and school.  He tells 7 On Your Side he's shocked that is happened so close to where he lives.

Posted: May 14, 2013

A woman has been charged in the deaths of her young children in Pickens County.

According to the Pickens County Sheriff's Office, Suzanna Brown Simpson is charged in connection with the deaths of her 7-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son.  She's also accused of shooting her husband Michael John Simpson.

Sheriff Rick Clark made the announcement at a 4 p.m. news conference Tuesday.

It all started when authorities found one person injured in a wreck in Pickens County around 5:30 a.m.  Clark says EMS personnel found Suzanna, or "Anna" Simpson, behind the wheel of the wrecked truck.  According to warrants, Simpson told a paramedic, "Ok, ok, I shot my whole family."

Sheriff Clark says at that point EMS called Sheriff's office deputies, who discovered the car was registered to a home just down the road, at 307 Cherokee Trail in Dacusville.  When deputies arrived, they found the bodies of Carly Simpson, 7, and Sawyer Simpson, 5, shot to death in their beds.  They also found Michael Simpson, badly injured.

Murder warrants against Anna Simpson go on to say that the wife and mother told an ER nurse at the hospital, "I just shot my kids and my husband and I tried to shoot myself several times, but couldn't do it."

Both Simpson children attended Dacusville Elementary.  The principal there released a statement saying:

"Dacusville Elementary is deeply saddened by the loss of two of our children, Carly and Sawyer Simpson," Principal Dr. Michael Fleming stated in the release.  "Both students were very special to the faculty, staff, and children of our school.  Carly had a beautiful smile that brightened everyone's day.  Sawyer's excitement for learning was contagious. Our heartfelt condolences go to the family."

Officials describe Suzanna Simpson as a "model parent" who volunteered with the PTA.

Her husband, Michael, is in critical condition, according to the hospital. 

The State Law Enforcement Division has sent two crime investigation units to assist the Pickens County Sheriff's Office.  The investigation continues.  Keep checking back for the latest updates.

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