A former teacher accused of killing her husband and son made her first appearance in a Whatcom County courtroom Monday, Aug. 10, on charges of murder in the first degree.
Erin Lee Jordan, 43, spent the past three weeks at St. Joseph hospital under guard while she recovered from a gunshot wound.
Jordan, née Agren, has been charged with shooting her husband, Michael David Jordan, 59, and their son Miles, 1, with a Ruger .22-caliber pistol pistol while they slept in an upstairs bedroom at 5056 Noon Road.
The bodies were found when a real estate agent who was selling the two-story house stopped by to show the home to potential buyers on a Sunday afternoon, July 19. Sheriff’s detectives believe Michael and Miles Jordan had been dead for two to three days.
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Erin Jordan was found on the floor of the bedroom with the bodies, begging for help. She had shot herself, too, but survived, according to charging papers filed weeks ago.
Mrs. Jordan, in frameless glasses and bright yellow socks, said little in court Monday aside from her name, the spelling (J-O-R-D-A-N) and her birth date. She held her hands folded at her waist and showed no overt emotion.
Prosecutor Dave McEachran said the case has “a component of mental health concern.”
“Those are things that I know Mr. (Jon) Komorowski” — the public defender — “will be looking at, and we will be looking at also,” McEachran said.
At the hospital Jordan told a detective, Kevin Bowhay, that she shot her husband and son to “save them.” She felt overwhelmed by major changes in her life, she said, according to charging papers. In the past two years, she’d left her job as a teacher at Lummi Nation School, married, given birth for the first time, and put the home up for sale. She told Bowhay she’d planned the shooting for two days.
Michael Jordan, a graduate of Ferndale High School, was a beloved teacher at the Lummi school, where he met the Erin Agren, another teacher. They were married in late 2013.
Miles, their only child, was born a few months later on Valentine’s Day.
Erin Jordan now faces two counts of murder in the first degree. Her mother, Brenda, watched the proceedings Monday from a viewing room in the County Courthouse basement. She told Superior Court Commissioner David Thorne that she was there to show support for her daughter.
Thorne set bail at $1 million, as requested by the prosecutor.
Erin Jordan’s next court hearing is scheduled for the morning of Aug. 21.