BELLINGHAM, Wash. — A Whatcom County woman is facing murder charges for allegedly shooting and killing a man at Semiahmoo Spit, then taking his van.
Lynda Clare Mercy wept and sobbed through her first court appearance Wednesday.
Prosecutors said it was quite a different tone than in prior surveillance pictures, where they believe she used a disguise to run errands just hours after she was accused of murdering 67-year-old Tom Flood.
In an interview with KIRO 7 following Mercy’s court appearance, Flood’s family said they are still struggling for answers in this case.
“To just nonchalantly go about life (after allegedly shooting and killing a man), I would take that as a threat to others,” said Kaeleen Lavin, Flood’s niece.
According to prosecutors, Mercy and Flood had a brief argument before he was shot twice on April 7.
Prosecutors don’t think the two knew each other.
Later on that day, authorities allege Mercy disguised herself as she used Flood’s van to make errands around Whatcom County.
“I can’t even fathom the thoughts to do something like that,” remarked Lavin, adding that her uncle was a proud carpenter who used his craft to help those he loved. “He was quiet. He’d sit back, but he was very outgoing toward people he cared for. And he liked people. He really did,” she said.
Prosecutors said a search of Mercy’s home turned up bloody clothing.
They said she also had several wigs as well as her passport.
While Flood’s family told KIRO 7 they’re grateful that an arrest has been made, they added that some things still don’t make sense about his murder.
“(Mercy) seems to be a small woman, and they said they found him on a trail. I’m wondering how she was able to move him there,” Lavin said.
Mercy will be back in court later this month. A judge set her bail at $1,000,000.
Prosecutors said Mercy’s cane was found in Flood’s van following the shooting.
They added that this is her only serious brush with the law; until now, they said the worst she’s ever faced was a simple speeding ticket.