South Carolina

Mom who killed kids in reincarnation case gets life

  • Suzanna Brown Simpson listens during the final day of her murder trial in Pickens, S.C.  Thursday, June 23, 2016. Simpson was found guilty on all counts in the deaths of her children and shooting of her husband. (Leland A. Outz/The Greenville News via AP) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT

    Suzanna Brown Simpson listens during the final day of her murder trial in Pickens, S.C. Thursday, June 23, 2016. Simpson was found guilty on all counts in the deaths of her children and shooting of her husband. (Leland A. Outz/The Greenville News via AP) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • Michael Simpson is comforted during the final day of the murder trial of his wife Suzanna Brown Simpson, Thursday, June 23, 2016, in Pickens, S.C. Simpson was found guilty on all counts in the deaths of her children and shooting of her husband Michael. (Leland A. Outz/The Greenville News via AP) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT

    Michael Simpson is comforted during the final day of the murder trial of his wife Suzanna Brown Simpson, Thursday, June 23, 2016, in Pickens, S.C. Simpson was found guilty on all counts in the deaths of her children and shooting of her husband Michael. (Leland A. Outz/The Greenville News via AP) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • This undated photo made available by the Pickens County Detention Center, SC., shows Suzanna Simpson under arrest. A jury will soon decide whether Simpson, who admitted to shootting and killing her children, is found guilty or insane. Simpson shot at her husband and then killed her two children because she thought they would be reincarnated in a better world. (Pickens County Detention Center via AP)

    This undated photo made available by the Pickens County Detention Center, SC., shows Suzanna Simpson under arrest. A jury will soon decide whether Simpson, who admitted to shootting and killing her children, is found guilty or insane. Simpson shot at her husband and then killed her two children because she thought they would be reincarnated in a better world. (Pickens County Detention Center via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The husband of a South Carolina woman who killed their two children because she thought they would all be reincarnated in a better world can barely remember his own children because a bullet remains lodged in his skull.

The mother of the man told Circuit Judge Brian Gibbons about her son's struggles Thursday, minutes before the judge sentenced 38-year-old Suzanna Simpson to life in prison. She was convicted of murder earlier in the day.

Prosecutors say Simpson shot her husband first in their Pickens County home in May 2013. She then killed her 7-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son with several shots to the head as they lay sleeping in their beds.

Simpson's lawyer says she was insane and didn't know right from wrong.