No bond for Valentine's Day murder suspect; Witness claims 'blood all over the house'
42-year-old Lashondia Terry was charged with one count of murder (Sumter Co. Sheriff)
Stabbing victim (Source: Williams Funeral Home)
Defense attorney Bill Murray (Source: WALB)
District Attorney Plez Hardin (Source: WALB)
Stabbing scene (Source: WALB)
AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -
Judge George M. Peagler, Jr. did not grant a bond Thursday for Lashondia Terry, who is in jail for killing her boyfriend. He left the option open to grant bond soon, but is giving the DA more time to review the case file.
On February 15, Americus Police officers and emergency medical personnel went to a house on Ridge Street, after a report of a stabbing.
They found 32-year-old Courtney Antwan Jackson, who lived at the home, with two severe stab wounds to his upper body. He was transported to Phoebe Sumter Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police arrested 42-year-old Lashondia Terry, who lived in the house on Ridge Street, and charged her with one count of murder.
According to evidence presented today, Terry, the woman charged, called the victim's father over earlier in the night of the stabbing. Terry was trying to calm down the victim, Courtney Jackson, who she said was intoxicated. Jackson got upset that she called his dad.
His dad left, and Jackson was stabbed shortly after he left. Jackson's father testified that the victim was covered in blood, naked, and barely breathing. He said blood was all over the house, from the kitchen to the bedroom.
The defense says Jackson was choking Terry in a fit of rage, and Terry only acted in self defense.
"The issue is going to be whether or not she was in danger of being mortally wounded and as a result, he died," said defense attorney Bill Murray
The judge is allowing the DA to look over crime scene photographs that have just come in to determine an appropriate bond.
"Americus police department as well as the DA's office will be working diligently over the next few weeks to gather that information and get it ready for a grand jury on May 23rd," said DA Plez Hardin.
The judge did acknowledge that he was inclined to grant a bond and said he wanted to meet within the next two weeks.
Terry was employed at the Walmart and with one other company and was raising her three year old grandson.