Chesapeake, Va. - Rachel Hutson wishes she could go back in time.
“I'm sorry,” she said. “I wish I could take it back. And I wish it would have been different.”
On Thanksgiving night in 2013, Rachel argued with her parents over chores and punishment, something they'd done before. But this time, she explains to Dr. Phil McGraw, was different.
“I just had the overwhelming sense of not wanting to be there anymore.”
Rachel had a plan. She would walk into her closet, get a shotgun, and take her own life. All while her terminally ill mother sits in the next room.
“I started thinking by killing myself, I'd be killing her anyway.”
So, she decided she'd kill them both. Rachel told police she walked into her mother's room and squeezed the trigger.
“I told her I was sorry,” she said. “I kept saying I’m sorry. I knew I was going to be sorry before it even happened. I just didn't know how bad it was going to be.”
That's when she tells Dr. Phil she changed her mind about killing herself. Now, she didn't want her father, Donald Hutson, to find them both dead. She picked up her mobile phone, instead.
“I sent him a picture,” Rachel said.
“You took a picture of her right there on the bed? Graphic enough that it was obvious?” McGraw asked.
“Yeah,” Rachel responded. “He just said how could you do this?”
Despite everything Rachel Hutson stole from her family that day, her father still supports her. The family believes she should be in a state hospital getting psychiatric treatment, not locked up in a cell. Rachel wants a second chance, too.
“I miss her,” Rachel Hutson cried. “Every day I think about her. I'm going to do better. I'm going to do something with my life to fix what I’ve done.”