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Valdosta man fatally stabbed while driving

August 12, 2002

by Ashley Harper

Jimmy Lee Patterson was found dead in his Cadillac along the 2100 block of Bemiss Road around 4:30 Saturday morning.

"The driver appeared initially to have a gun shot wound, but when officers looked closer, they found a stab wound to the chest," said Sgt. Steve Owens.

Patterson was driving south on Ashley Street when he crashed into the traffic island at the intersection of Ashley and Bemiss Road. Investigators believe he passed out and lost control of his vehicle after being wounded.

A passenger in the car, 20-year-old Sharon Golson is charged with Patterson's murder.

"She was unconscious when we first arrived," said Owens. "The driver seemed to be semi-conscious with the wound to his chest."

Investigators still aren't sure exactly where the stabbing occurred. They do believe Patterson was on his way here to South Georgia Medical center when he lost control of his vehicle.

"The first responding officer said Patterson's flashers were on and apparently he was heading to South Georgia Medical Center," said Owens.

Although the extent of their relationship is still unclear, Patterson and Golson did share a residence at 809 East Cummings street. Neighbors tell investigators violence between the two was not uncommon.

"We've talked to several people who say they had been arguing for quite a while, and then the fighting got physical in the vehicle," said Owens.

Although Golson has not admitted to the crime, investigators say they have more than enough evidence to charge her with Patterson's murder.

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