Phoenix police ID victim shot for 'not believing in God'

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police have identified the victim in a killing in which the suspect says she believed the dead woman was a shrine from God.

Authorities on Thursday say the body of 20-year-old Crystal Hillman was found with a single gunshot wound to the head inside a Phoenix apartment.

Officers were called to the home Saturday night about a possibly deceased female.

They met with 39-year-old Anitra Braxton, who initially said she was alone.

But police found Hillman on a sofa covered with a towel.

Braxton then told police the victim had been shot in the eye Christmas Eve for not believing in God.

Braxton remains jailed for first-degree murder.

Family members say she suffers from mental illness.

It was not known if Braxton had an attorney.

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