The trial for a Henderson County woman accused of killing her two children in November 2017 has been rescheduled and slated to begin Aug. 5 with jury selection scheduled for July 30, according to Henderson County judicial records.
Sarah Nicole Henderson, 31, of Mabank is accused of killing her two daughters, ages 5 and 7, and allegedly trying to shoot her husband as well. Both girls were shot about 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 3 in their home. A third child was not home at the time of the shooting.
Henderson pleaded not guilty to the capital murder charges on Jan. 26, 2018.
Henderson was arrested Nov. 2, 2017, after her husband, Jacob Henderson, called 911 to report the shootings at their home near Mabank.
Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said Sarah Henderson confessed when talking to investigators and said she had been planning to kill the girls and her husband for several weeks. She also told investigators she planned to kill herself, he said.
Sarah Henderson also tried to shoot her husband, but the gun malfunctioned and Jacob Henderson was able to take the gun from her, according to Henderson County officials.
Jacob Henderson initially called 911 to ask for medical help for his wife. According to a recording of that call provided by the sheriff’s office, he tells operators that she won’t listen to him and that she is, “freaking out like someone is out to get her.”
He calls back to cancel the call a few minutes later saying that his wife told him she was fine and was acting normally. The call was coded as a potential suicide when reported to the sheriff’s office. Deputies responded to the house about 11:45 p.m., when the couple told deputies they were OK and didn’t need help.
Jacob Henderson called 911 again about 2:24 a.m. to report that his wife had shot the girls. He can be heard sobbing and asking why she had done it in the recording released by the sheriff’s office.
Jacob Henderson went on to tell dispatchers his wife was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol and that he had the gun in his possession and was trying to keep her from leaving the home.
Sarah Henderson remained in the Henderson County Jail on bonds totaling $2.1 million.