Mollie Fitzgerald, who was arrested Tuesday by police, has been charged with second-degree murder and jailed on $500,000 bond.
An actress who had a small role in the 2011 movie Captain America: The First Avenger is accused of fatally stabbing her mother inside a suburban Kansas City home.
Mollie Fitzgerald, 38, was arrested Tuesday by police in Olathe, Kansas, the Kansas City Star reported. She is charged with second-degree murder and jailed on $500,000 bond. It wasn't immediately clear if she had an attorney who could comment on her behalf.
Fitzgerald is accused in the death of 68-year-old Patricia "Tee" Fitzgerald, who authorities say was found dead on Dec. 20 inside her Olathe home.
IMDb lists Mollie Fitzgerald as a movie director and producer as well as actress. She has worked on mostly low-budget films, including The Lawful Truth in 2014 and The Creeps in 2017.
In Captain America, Fitzgerald played Stark Girl and also worked as an assistant to the director, Joe Johnson. The film grossed $176.6 million domestically.
"Being a part of this production has been one of the best experiences of my life," Fitzgerald told a comic book publication in 2011.
Patricia Fitzgerald was in the process of moving back to the Kansas City area after living several decades in the Houston area, her brother, Gary Hunziker, 72, of Keokuk, Iowa, told the Star.
Their family grew up on a farm in northeast Missouri. Patricia Fitzgerald studied physical therapy at the University of Missouri and moved to the Kansas City area. She then moved to Texas, where her husband had a law firm, Hunziker said.
Hunziker said he knew few details about the circumstances surrounding his sister's death.
"We were shocked," he said. But, "it doesn't matter the circumstances — the loss of a sister is what it's all about."
OLATHE MURDERER CHARGED: Police say 38-year-old Mollie Fitzgerald is to blame for the death of an Olathe woman. https://t.co/few2ojxQ1b— KSNT News (@KSNTNews) December 31, 2019