In November of 2016, Brandi Worley killed her two children and attempted to kill herself as well. This occurred one day after Jason Worley filed for divorce. Brandi knew that Jason would fight for custody during the divorce, and she believed it would be harmful for the children to live with their father. She decided to take matters into her own hands, and murder the two children to save them from living with their dad.
After allegedly murdering her children, Brandi contacted her mother first and told her what happened. Her mother instructed her to call 911 immediately. She spoke to the 911 operator for almost 5 minutes with no evidence of remorse in her voice. Brandi also told the operator she stabbed herself, and took a lot of Benadryl. Here is the audio of the 911 call.
Just yesterday, Brandi Worley changed her plea of not guilty to the insanity defense. Her lawyer has 15 days to file the correct paperwork for the plea. While some may say she committed murder deliberately, there is a great chance that she had some underlying mental illness, possibly at bay till the threat of divorce was there. This underlying mental illness may allow for the insanity defense, and may get her out of doing hard time.
How Brandi doesn’t see her oxymoron seems incomprehensible. Child protective services could have been contacted if she believed her soon to be ex-husband was a bad father or would be abusive towards the children; which is something she would have been able to report before a divorce if it were true. However, it seems Brandi’s actions derive from her not wanting the father to have a chance to win custody because she was selfish and arguably ignorant of reality.
Brandi may only serve a short sentence if the insanity defense is allowed in court. If they find her to be mentally stable, she could face life behind bars. This story is on-going, return to Mod3rn Media Magazine for more updates in the coming months.