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Fitzgerald Chief describes 'domestic dispute gone awry'

Dekito Champ in court (Source: WALB) Dekito Champ in court (Source: WALB)
Gun at scene of shooting (Source: WALB) Gun at scene of shooting (Source: WALB)
Investigators take pictures at shooting scene (Source: WALB) Investigators take pictures at shooting scene (Source: WALB)
Home on Snowden Lane (Source: WALB) Home on Snowden Lane (Source: WALB)
Chief William Smallwood (Source: WALB) Chief William Smallwood (Source: WALB)
FITZGERALD, GA (WALB) -

A man who attempted to kill himself was denied bond, after being charged with murder this week.

Police said 23-year old Dekito Champ killed 22 year old Jana Watson at a home on a Snowden Lane last month in a failed murder-suicide.

Champ was in and out of the courtroom for his first appearance this afternoon in Ben Hill County very quickly.  

The police chief said Watson came down to get a dog that the couple shared when the shooting happened.

A somber Dekito Champ listened to a judge read off his murder charges. Police say he killed Watson on March 20th before turning the gun on himself.

"I just think it was a domestic dispute gone awry," said Fitzgerald Police Chief William Smallwood.

Champ made a surprise recovery and an autopsy confirmed that Watson, his ex girlfriend, was shot two other times in the chest.

"The [medical examiner] has not given us a complete or final autopsy report, but what he has given us has given us probable cause to charge Mr. champ with murder," said Smallwood

Smallwood called this a complex case that is still far from over,  But believes justice will be served in this case.

"Anytime we have a family involved we feel it's really important to make sure were able to get closure and make sure the justice is correct."

Champ will be held without bond in jail. A superior court judge will have to decide on bond for the murder suspect.

Meanwhile, authorities continue to make their case solid.

"There's a lot of forensic evidence that were waiting to get back to further the investigation."

It's unclear when Champ will appear before a superior court judge. Police don't know of any prior domestic issues between Champ and Watson.

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