'Captain America' Actress Told Police She Killed Her Mom in Self-Defense

An actress accused of killing her mother has told authorities she did it in self-defense.

Mollie Fitzgerald, 38, who had a minor role in 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of her mother Patricia Fitzgerald, The Kansas City Star reported.

The 68-year-old was found dead in her home on the 10200 block of South Shadow Circle in Olathe, Kansas, on December 20 last year, the Olathe Police Department said. Mollie Fitzgerald was arrested on December 31 in connection with the death.

According to court records obtained by The Star, Mollie Fitzgerald called 911 just before 12 p.m. that day to report she had killed her mother in self-defense.

When police officers responded to the home, they found Patricia lying on the floor with a knife stuck in her back.

According to the court documents, Mollie told them that she had no choice but to kill her mother as she had come at her with a knife.

She claimed she had used a vacuum attachment to strike her mother and then took the knife from her and stabbed her. "[Mollie] said her mother just would not stop trying to take the knife to kill her, so she had to kill her mom," a police affidavit said.

But according to KHSB, an autopsy performed on December 21 determined there was no evidence Patricia ever had control of the knife.

The autopsy determined she had sustained four stab wounds to her back, defensive wounds on both hands and bruising to the face.

The medical examiner found no injuries to indicate that Patricia had "delivered any strikes" or that she had been in control of the knife at any point.

Mollie was taken to hospital to be treated for minor cuts and a bite to her arm, according to The Star.

The newspaper reported that she told a court on January 2 that she would be representing herself in court. But this week, a judge ordered her to undergo a mental competency evaluation before the case can proceed.

Mollie had been staying with her mother at her home since June last year, The Star reported.

According to IMDb, she is a director and producer as well as actress, but has mostly worked on low-budget films like The Lawful Truth in 2014 and The Creeps in 2017.

Her only mainstream film credit is for Captain America, in which she played Stark Girl as well as working as an assistant to the director, Joe Johnson. "Being a part of this production has been one of the best experiences of my life," Fitzgerald told ComicBookMovies.com in 2011.

The Olathe Police Department has been contacted for comment.

Mollie Fitzgerald
Mollie Fitzgerald, 38, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of her mother, Patricia Fitzgerald. The Johnson County Sheriff's Office