QAnon mom ‘shoots dead her own lawyer’ after accusing him of ‘deep state’ conspiracy to take her kids away

A QANON mom allegedly gunned down her own lawyer after accusing him of a “deep state” conspiracy to take her kids away.

Neely Petrie-Blanchard was nabbed for the killing of lawyer Christopher Hallett, 50, who was found face-down with multiple gunshot wounds in Florida.

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The conspiracy theorist mom allegedly shot dead Hallett – a government-denier she believed had plotted with officials.

Witnesses to the Sunday, November 15 shooting in Ocala said Petrie-Blanchard accused Hallett of working with the government to deny her custody of her twin girls, aged seven.

In a bizarre twist, court records in Logan County, Kentucky, show Petrie-Blanchard was indicted by a grand jury on Tuesday.

She was to appear on charges related to the abduction in March of her girls from their grandmother’s home.

Petrie-Blanchard only had permission for supervised visits.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office in Florida said that at about 7.30am on November 16, “Neely Petrie-Blanchard was arrested for the homicide of Christopher Hallett by the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office on behalf of Marion County.

“According to eyewitnesses, Petrie-Blanchard was the person who had shot Hallett, because she believed he was unable to help her regain custody of her children.”

After a manhunt, she was arrested at a gas station, and is being extradited to Marion County.

Lowndes County Sheriff Ashley Paulk said: “She’s one of these people who claim they’re not part of the US–sovereign people.

“They don’t believe any of the laws apply to them.”

The amber alert issued to help track down Petrie-Blanchard’s girls

The Daily Beast reports that Petrie-Blanchard, who turns 34 on Thursday, is “an infamous QAnon mom accused of having shot a fringe legal theorist”.

The website explains that the Kentucky resident turned to Hallett, “an amateur legal expert who offered bogus court services through a company called ‘E-Clause’” for help to regain custody of her girls.

He had apparently promised that she could win her daughters back through “ludicrous courtroom tactics he borrowed from the anti-government sovereign citizen’s movement”, the website adds.

On Hallett’s E-Clause Facebook page, he promises to “redressing grievances against government actors” and “re-claim whatever was stolen from you”.

So strong was Petrie-Blanchard’s belief in him that, during visits with her girls, she would dress them in E-Clause shirts and put an ‘ECLAUSE’ license plate on her car.

“She’s one of these people who claim they’re not part of the US–sovereign people.

Sheriff Ashley Paulk

But for reasons currently unknown, their friendship soured.

Hallett had bled to death after being shot multiple times in the kitchen – where his body was found face-down.

The Daily Beast says his killing is the latest tied to the pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy theory.

QAnon followers push an intertwined series of beliefs, based on anonymous Web postings from “Q,” who claims to have insider knowledge of the Trump administration.

Followers of QAnon say a so-called Great Awakening is coming to bring salvation.

Believers have so far been charged with murders in New York and Washington, explains the Daily Beast.

MOM INDICTED FOR KIDNAP

These include a case where a QAnon supporter allegedly murdered a reputed Mafia boss to try and bring him to an imagined QAnon tribunal.

Hallett ran an entity called E-Clause LLC that featured a Facebook page filled with documents, graphics and articles about whether governments have authority in many instances over individuals.

This viewpoint is frequently summarized as the “sovereign citizen” movement.

Two days after Hallett was killed, a grand jury indicted Petrie-Blanchard in relation to the kidnapping of her twin daughters.

An amber alert was issued in March when the seven-year-old disappeared – they were later found and returned to their grandmother, according to reports at the time.

The Kentucky court records show Petrie-Blanchard is charged with two counts of custodial interference and one count of being a persistent felony offender.

Shannon Mutter-Tanis paid tribute to Hallett

She faces a January 28 arraignment date for those offenses.

In relation to her arrest over Hallett’s death, Jen Pennell posted on the sheriff’s Facebook page: “If this is how she handled things because this man couldn’t or wouldn’t help her get her kids back, I’d hate to know what the fate of those kids would have been if returned to her care?

“My condolences to his loved ones.”

On Hallett’s E-Clause Facebook page, fellow believers have paid tribute to the dead man.

One dubbed him a “fallen hero”.

Shannon Mutter-Tanis shared many photos of Hallett, and posted: “The Love of My Life has been taken from us all.

“I’m so broken and devastated. E~Clause will not fade away, much work still needs to be done. I thank God for his protection.”

WHAT IS QANON?

QAnon targets individuals and groups with conspiracy theories.

QAnon followers support beliefs, based on anonymous Web postings from “Q,” who claims to have insider knowledge of the Trump administration.

A core part of the conspiracy theory is that President Donald Trump is secretly fighting a cabal of child-sex predators that includes prominent Democrats, Hollywood elites and “deep state” allies.

QAnon, which borrows some elements from the bogus “pizzagate” theory about a pedophile ring run out of a Washington, D.C., restaurant, has become a “big tent” conspiracy theory encompassing misinformation about topics ranging from alien landings to vaccine safety.

Followers of QAnon say a so-called Great Awakening is coming to bring salvation.

The “Q” posts, which started in 2017 on the message board 4chan, are now posted on 8kun, a rebranded version of the shuttered web board 8chan.

QAnon has been amplified on Twitter, Facebook , Instagram and YouTube, the video streaming service of Google.

Media investigations have shown that social media recommendation algorithms can drive people who show an interest in conspiracy theories toward more material.

A report by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue found that the number of users engaging in discussion of QAnon on Twitter and Facebook have surged this year.

Membership of QAnon groups on Facebook spiked by 120% in March.

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