Suspect to stand trial in Steadman murder

Suspect to stand trial in Steadman murder

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - A Thomas County man is on his way from the Georgia prison in Butts County back to Thomasville, charged with the murder of an Ocklocknee woman in May.

It's as if time has stood still at the home on Lady Bug Lane in Ocklocknee, where 53-year-old Sharlene Steadman was found dead back in May. Steadman was found in her home, early in the morning. She was found dead from blunt force trauma. That's what the autopsy later showed.

Steadman's son found her and rushed her to Archbold Memorial Hospital. She died soon after arriving. Now seven months later there are some answers.

"The Thomas County Sheriff's Office and Georgia Bureau of Investigation secured arrest warrants for Wade Jackson for murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault, and burglary," GBI Special Agent In Charge Steve Turner said.

Investigators say Jackson was known to Steadman and was picked up on a parole violation shortly after her murder.

The GBI and Thomas County Sheriff's investigators kept working and this week had enough evidence to secure warrants against Jackson.

Agent Turner says robbery is believed to be the motive with four hundred dollars missing after a search of Steadman's home.

"We'll be going to pick him up and bring him back to the Thomas County Jail. He'll have his first appearance before the Chief Magistrate. We fully anticipate bond will be denied, and the process will begin there," said Captain Steve Jones Thomas County Sheriff's Office.

Jones says he's grateful for the GBI's expert assistance during this investigation. "We want to have closure as quickly as possible, we want to solve every case as quickly as possible. But also for the family to give them some sort of peace of mind and to kind of put everything at rest that we have been able to secure arrest warrants on this person and we will try him for murder."

Investigators say it could take a couple of days before Wade Jackson is brought back to Thomas County.

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