The students and faculty at a junior high school were stunned Friday by the news that a woman who wanted to boost her daughter's chances of being selected cheerleader was charged with trying to hire the murder of a chief competitor's mother.
Wanda Webb Holloway believed her daughter's rival would be so upset by her mother's death that she would drop out of the competition, authorities said."We are really, really, really surprised," said Jim Barker, principal of Alice Johnson Junior High School. "These are model families. Both of them fine children, beautiful, well-dressed and refined, well-mannered, academically bright kids. The ideal exactly of what you'd want in kids representing your school."
Holloway, 36, was arrested Wednesday at her home in Channelview, east of Houston, and charged with solicitation of capital murder.
Holloway is accused of trying to hire a hit man to murder Verna Heath, 38, "for the purpose of enhancing the probability of her (Holloway) daughter being elected as a school cheerleader," court records showed.
"Contrary to the popular belief that the Mafia does this sort of thing, this is a situation of your neighbor against you," said Harris County Sheriff's Lt. Charles Shaffer.
Detective George Helton described Holloway as "the ultimate stage mother, who would go to almost any length, apparently, to further the career and popularity of her daughter."