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Cordele man murdered, wife charged

July 23, 2003

Crisp County-- A Crisp County man is shot and killed, and his wife is charged with murder. Investigators say 47-year-old Brenda Statham, and her husband, James, had a history of domestic violence.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Mrs. Statham called 911 to say her husband had been shot. And when deputies arrived, they were staring down the barrel of a 380 automatic pistol.

Deputies arrived at the home on Antioch Road just after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday evening, in response to two calls by Brenda Statham, the last saying she killed her husband. Sheriff Donnie Haralson says, "It was a standoff for a few moments. It was very tense."

When deputies got to this home, Brenda Statham was standing on the porch, waving a gun. Deputies repeatedly told her to drop her gun. In return, Statham shouted expletives and said she accidentally shot her husband. After several minutes, Statham laid down the gun and turned to go inside, deputies told her to stop, she reached for the gun.

Haralson says, "A shot was fired by a deputy for what I would describe as reactive defensive purposes." The shot startled Statham, she surrendered and was taken into custody. Deputies then went inside to look for her husband.

Haralson says investigators "found the husband James Statham in the living room in the chair. He was at this point known to have one gun shot wound to the right side of the temple area." There was no sign of a struggle inside the home, but investigators will not speculate if James Statham was caught by surprise. Brenda Statham is charged with one count murder.

In 2001, Brenda Statham was accused of making terroristic threats against a radio D. J.

Posted at 3:45 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com