Chilling texts from a 23-year-old woman from Akron, Ohio, reveal her desperate attempts to keep a big secret from her family just days before her mother was brutally killed.
Sydney Powell is currently on trial for the murder of her mother Brenda, who was stabbed to death in March 2020.
The trial began on September 7 and Sydney pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
In the first days of the trial, prosecutors called Akron police lead investigator David Whiddon as a witness.
On the witness stand, Whiddon revealed that police had reviewed the contents of Sydney’s phone as part of the investigation.
Most of the content – particularly the news – appeared to be “normal conversations,” Whiddon said stated On Monday.
Upon further verification, the investigator claimed it was clear that she was no longer a student at the University of Mount Union.
Sydney was reportedly fired from Ohio University in December 2019 after previously being placed on academic probation.
During their investigation, police said they found no evidence that Sydney took classes in the spring.
However, the text message Sydney allegedly sent to her mother apparently suggested otherwise.
“You could tell from a lot of the messages that she hadn’t told her family and that her mother wasn’t aware of it,” Whiddon explained.
In an exchange dated February 25, 2020, Brenda texted Sydney and asked if she had “afternoon classes” because she had received a notification from the GPS tracking app Life 360 that her daughter was home.
Sydney allegedly responded that she actually didn’t have an afternoon class that week because her teacher and her spouse “used that week as vacation time and just gave us a worksheet and some work online to do while she was away.”
In another conversation that same day, Brenda asked her daughter, “Why do I always feel like you’re cheating on me?” Remember, you need the grades to keep your scholarships.”
Sydney reportedly replied, “Yeah, I know. My grades are good. Thank you.”
Just seven days later, on March 3, police rushed to Brenda’s home after the University of Mount Union made a 911 call to the department.
The college claimed it contacted Sydney earlier that day because it had concerns about her lack of attendance.
At that time, the caller is said to have heard “screaming” in the background.
Police found Brenda with multiple stab wounds and she later died from her injuries at a nearby hospital.
Sydney was charged with, among other things, two murders.
Her defense attorney claimed the woman was suffering from undiagnosed schizophrenia at the time of the attack.
Sydney’s father has also asked prosecutors not to press murder charges against her, saying: “I don’t know why we’re doing this.”
“That’s not what anyone here wants,” he added during the pretrial hearing.
“I don’t know how she can handle it. I don’t know how to deal with this. I’m trying to keep my family together.