VALDOSTA -- A Valdosta woman charged with murder was arraigned Monday at the Lowndes County Jail and denied bond.

Sharon Golson, 20, 809 E. Cumming St., was charged with Saturday's fatal stabbing of Jimmy Lee Patterson, 51. She made her first appearance before Magistrate Judge George Hart, requested a court-appointed attorney and maintained she was not guilty.

Patterson was found stabbed in the chest behind the wheel of his Cadillac Deville at 4:21 a.m. Saturday on Bemiss Road, just past its intersection with Ashley Street. Golson was the passenger in the vehicle, which crashed over a traffic island separating Ashley and Bemiss. She was transported to South Georgia Medical Center for treatment, before being taken to the Lowndes County Jail.

She faces charges of felony murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime.

Golson was still in a wheelchair on Monday, presumably because of injuries sustained in the crash.

Patterson was also transported to SGMC, but could not be revived, investigators said.

Valdosta Police Commander Steve Heaton said officers recovered a four-inch folding knife from the passenger's side floorboard that they believe to be the murder weapon. Heaton said further investigation appears to show Patterson was stabbed in the vehicle and hypothesized he was attempting to reach the hospital when the accident occurred. It is unclear what precipitated the stabbing, the police commander said.

Patterson and Golson shared the same Cumming Street residence, and Heaton said police have responded to domestic violence calls at that location in the past.

Golson has had past run-ins with law enforcement, Heaton said.

To contact reporter Bill Roberts, please call 244-3400, ext. 245.

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