Lauderdale Shooter's Daughter Speaks Out

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

63-year-old Geraldine Walton is charged with the murder for the deadly shooting of 45-year-old David Lancaster. The shooting took place last Tuesday at Walton's Lauderdale home.

Joscylyn Huffmaster is one of Walton's daughters. She says her mother lived with Lancaster since the year 2000 and for most of those ten years, Lancaster abused her verbally, mentally, and physically.

"There was an extreme amount of verbal abuse. He would call or anyone else in our family every name in the book. He pushed her down many, many, many times. He struck her. He broke bones. He threw her out of a moving vehicle one time. I mean, it was really bad the stuff that went on."

This is the type of abuse Joscylyn Huffmaster claims was the life of her mother, Geraldine Walton. Huffmaster says her mother and David Lancaster initially dated when they first meet, but that did not last long. She claims her mother eventually, just allowed Lancaster to live with her.

"I think she just let him stay there because she felt sorry for him. He had a death in the family and she knew he was disturbed, but she always felt like she could help everybody."

According to Huffmaster, one person Walton could not help was Lancaster. Huffmaster no longer lives with her mother, but spent a few months with her and Lancaster during 2005 when she was between jobs. During that time she says she witnessed the abuse. Once she moved out, Huffmaster says conversations over the phone with her mother consisted of the abuse.

"It was always the same stuff. 'David pushed me. David hit me. Davide broke my hand. David threw all of the my clothes out in the middle of the floor. David broke the lock on the bedroom door'. Because she had to keep a lock on there. He would steal from her. And she was in fear a lot of the time. And she was very troubled a lot of the time," explains Huffmaster.

Huffmaster spoke to her mom after the shooting. Walton claims this is what pushed her to cross the line.

"And he said, 'If you don't grab that gun, I will and I will shoot you'. My mom picked it up and got on her hands and knees and begged him not to come closer, but he did."

News Center Eleven obtained information from the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department stating that David Lancaster was arrested for domestic violence in 2003 and 2005. Officials are still investigating this recent shooting.

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