Valdosta Daily Times

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July 11, 2014

More charges filed

Murder suspect also faces kidnapping, vehicle theft and firearm accusations

VALDOSTA — Additional charges have been filed against an estranged husband accused in the shooting death of his wife earlier this week, according to the Valdosta Police Department.

In addition to a charge of malice murder, Donnaille Lamar James, 40, of Cuthbert is charged with kidnapping, theft by taking motor vehicle, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in connection with the Tuesday shooting death of Sharonda James, 40, of Valdosta, according to VPD reports.

At approximately 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, a VPD patrol officer saw a woman lying on the ground at the intersection of East Moore and North Forrest streets. She had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

Citizens and officers on the scene gave her first aid, but she was pronounced dead at South Georgia Medical Center.

“Witnesses saw a vehicle leaving the area,” according to police reports, referring to a white Chevrolet Venture. “The vehicle was determined to be the victim’s and was later recovered after being abandoned by the offender.”

Authorities identified the woman as Sharonda James. Police had obtained arrest warrants for her estranged husband, Donnaille James, within a few hours of the initial incident.

At 1:40 p.m. Tuesday, Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents arrested Donnaille James in Cuthbert. James has been transported to Valdosta and is being held in the Lowndes County Jail.

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