Woman faces murder charge in strangling death of Sun City West resident

Julie Ling (MCSO)

A 58-year-old woman is in custody on suspicion of strangling a 76-year-old woman to death in Sun City West.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said Julie Brook Ling, 58, is facing charges of first-degree murder.

Around 5 p.m. Wednesday, a salesman called the Sun City West posse after he went to the residence of Sheila Jo Severeid, 76, near Spanish Garden and Aleppo drives and spoke with a woman who told him a body was inside.

Posse members responded and found Ms. Severeid lying on the floor.

Ms. Ling was inside the house and told the posse that she believed Ms. Severeid was dead.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office interviewed Ms. Ling, who admitted to strangling Ms. Severeid. (Story continues below photo)

Sheila Severeid, 76, was the registered owner of a residence near Aleppo and Spanish Garden drives in Sun City West. She was strangled to death, reportedly by a woman believed to be transient/homeless and invited into the Severeid home in the past. [Gina Sandoval/Independent Newsmedia]

Sun City West resident Mark Fairall told the Daily News-Sun he and Ms. Severeid went to the same church, Unity of Surprise, albeit a while back.

It appears Ms. Ling has been homeless and had been staying at Ms. Severeid’s home.

“I understand she was very concerned about homelessness,” Mr. Fairall stated.

MCSO provided details on the connection between the victim and suspect.

“At this point detectives believe Ling was homeless/transient and according to a previous contact with the victim, Deputies were advised that Ling was staying with the victim at some point,” Sgt. Joaquin Enriquez stated.

On her way to the MCSO Substation 3 in Surprise, Ms. Ling reportedly mumbled about the CIA, KGB and her family during the 1970s.

MCSO also learned Ms. Ling had been trespassed from the property Monday, when Ms. Severeid told authorities Ms. Ling hit her and was being unruly.

Ms. Ling was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail without bond due to being on felony release. Her next court appearance in this case is May 30.

Online court records indicate Ms. Ling has been in trouble in the past, with recent arrests for criminal trespassing and drug possession, which are listed along with her murder charge on the MCSO inmate information website.

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