Man Suspected Of Murdering Wife On Busy Valdosta Street Will Go On Trial

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Updated By: Winnie Wright
March 23, 2015

Valdosta, GA - A Valdosta man was in court Monday over the suspected murder of his estranged wife on a busy Valdosta street last summer.

Donnaille James decided he would not take a plea to murder charges while in a Lowndes County Courtroom today.

James is charged with the 2014 murder of his wife, Sharonda James. Her body was found on Forrest Street last July by a patrolman.

Donnaille James will go on trial for murder April 6th.

Winnie Wright
July 10, 2014

Valdosta, GA - The man accused of killing his estranged wife on a busy Valdosta street Tuesday faced a judge for the first time today.

James is charged with Malice Murder following the shooting death of Sharonda James, his estranged wife, on Tuesday. Additional charges were filed against James today, including possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, theft by motor vehicle, and kidnapping.

According to Judge Joni Parker, who read the charges, James' son told police, his mother, Sharonda James, was getting in to her car Tuesday morning when her estranged husband approached her, the child then reported hearing screams as Mr. James forced her to the passenger seat, and drove away. Later, a patrolman happened to find Mrs. James in the road.

She later died of multiple gun shot wounds at South Georgia Medical Center. Donnaille James was denied a bond and will remain in the Lowndes County Jail until he faces the Superior Court.

Update: Valdosta Police Department
July 10, 2014 5 p.m.

James did not receive a bond. He is facing additional charges seen below and asked for a public defender.

Update: Valdosta Police Department
July 10, 2014

VALDOSTA, Ga. -- After further investigation, additional charges have been filed against Donnaille James in reference to the July 8 murder of Sharonda James.

Valdosta Police Department Investigators have obtained arrest warrants on Donnaille for Kidnapping, Theft by Taking Motor Vehicle, and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime.

Donnaille James was transported back to Lowndes County and is currently being held in the Lowndes County Jail.

By: Winnie Wright
July 9, 2014

40 year-old Donnaille James has been transferred from the Randolph County Jail to the Lowndes County Jail. He is charged with Malice Murder in the Tuesday morning death of his estranged wife, Sharonda James.

Officials say he will face a judge as early as Thursday afternoon for an arraignment hearing. There, the Magistrate Judge will determine if a bond will be set.

By: Winnie Wright
July 8, 2014 6 p.m.

A south Georgia man is behind bars after police say he shot his estranged wife and left her for dead in the street.

Valdosta Police said that a Patrolman was just making his rounds when he saw a woman lying in the road at the intersection of East Moore and North Forrest streets on the east side of town.

When the Patrolman stopped to check on the woman, he found that 40-year-old Sharonda James has been shot multiple times.

When EMTs arrived, James was still showing vital signs. She later died at South Georgia Medical Center.

Police say it didn't take long to identify a person of interest

Aaron Kirk of Valdosta Police Department said, "People who knew the victim identified Mr. James as a suspect because of their marital problems. And witnesses who saw the vehicle leave the scene, described the person, and it matched his description."

Kirk says Jame abandoned his wife's car and was later arrested by agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in Cuthbert, where he has been living. He says VPD doesn't know what brought Jame to Valdosta.

Kirk said, "The only motive we have right now is that they were going through a separation."

James is charged with malice murder and is currently being held at the Randolph County Jail.

Authorities expect for James to be transferred to the Lowndes County Jail as early as tomorrow.

Update: Valdosta Police Department
July 8, 2014, 3 p.m.

VALDOSTA, Ga. -- This morning at approximately 7:34 a.m. a Valdosta Police Department Patrol Officer located Sharonda James lying on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds.

First aid was administered by citizens and officers at the scene. EMS responded and transported James,40, to South Georgia Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Witnesses stated that they saw a vehicle leaving the area. The vehicle was determined to be the victim’s and was later recovered after being abandoned by the offender.

Valdosta Police Department Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for the victim’s estranged husband, Donnaille Lamar James,40, of Cuthbert, Ga. for Malice Murder.

At approximately 1:40 p.m., Mr. James was arrested by agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in Cuthbert, without incident.

News Release: Valdosta Police Department
July 8, 2014

VALDOSTA, Ga. -- This morning at approximately 7:34 a.m., while on patrol, a Valdosta Police Officer found an African American female lying near the intersection of E. Moore Street and N. Forrest Street.

The victim had multiple gunshot wounds and was transported by EMS to South Georgia Medical Center where she passed away.

Detectives from the Valdosta Police Department and Crime Scene Personnel from the Valdosta-Lowndes Regional Crime Laboratory responded to investigate.

The name of the victim is not being release at this time.

There is a person of interest in the case, but their name is not being released at this time. More information will be release as it becomes available.

Anyone having any further information regarding this crime or any other crime is urged to contact the Valdosta Police Department at 229-293-3145 or can remain anonymous at 229-293-3091.

James in Court

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