ASHBURN, GA (WALB) - Joshua McKelvin tried to appeal his life sentence and murder conviction in February.
This brought back vivid memories for Major Richard Purvis who sat with him at a hospital just five years ago.
“Weird mannerisms came out as far as making his hand into a gun shape,” said Purvis.
McKelvin went to the hospital after turning himself in, back in 2013. Now nearly six years later, the state Supreme Court upheld the murder conviction.
“[He] pointed it towards myself because I was in the room with him, acting like he was shooting me,” said Purvis.
McKelvin shot and killed Marilyn Patterson, 41, and hurt two other people. It happened after the couple argued at a hotel in Ashburn.
Investigators eventually found his clothes.
“We expanded the search out trying to look for the gun,” said Purvis. "But not the weapon. All the way down to the woods, nothing was ever found,” said Purvis.
Patterson’s son, Erasmus Johnson was 18 years old when it happened. “But I actually talked to her the day that it happened because it was father’s day,” said Johnson. "And I had called her and spoke with her on that day and that’s the same day that I talked with him on the phone.”
Her son says he lived in foster care but said his mom was sweet.
“Even tough I didn’t live with her she would show up and she would like, do things for me like buy me clothes and stuff like that for school and stuff,” said Johnson.
And he’s relieved to know justice was served. “I feel like justice would not be served if they would like release him back into society and stuff like that cause he could do it to someone else,” said Johnson.
Now he can finish his journey of healing.
“It affected our family pretty hard but time heals everything so, it’s like we’re getting over it day by day,” said Johnson.
Investigators said McKelvin never gave them a motive as to why he killed Patterson.
Ashburn police said Dooly and Turner County Sheriff’s Offices and the GBI helped with the search.
When the murder happened they say more than a dozen criminal justice students helped them look for evidence.