Thomasville Times Enterprise


May 9, 2014


THOMASVILLE — A 53-year-old murder victim died early Sunday from blunt-force trauma to the head, preliminary autopsy results show.

Sharlene Steadman was struck on the head multiple times with a heavy, hard instrument, said Steve Turner, special agent in charge of the Thomasville regional office of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Turner declined to identify the murder weapon.

Shortly before 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Steadman, wearing pajamas, was found bleeding from the head on the living room floor of her home at 142 Lady Bug Lane off Ga. 202 between Ochlocknee and Coolidge.

A male relative at the residence told Thomas County Sheriff’s Office investigators a man he knows opened the door to his bedroom. The relative followed the man to the front door and saw him leave. When the relative turned around, he saw Steadman’s body.

The woman was pronounced dead at Archbold Memorial Hospital.

The man seen at the house is being held in the Thomas County Jail on a parole-violation warrant. The man served a prison term for a 1998 aggravated assault conviction in Worth County.

Lt. Tim Watkins, sheriff’s office chief investigator, said Friday the identity of the “person of interest” is not being released.

“We’re still interviewing witnesses,” the investigator said.

The 52-year-old incarcerated man gave investigators information about possible locations where he was when the killing took place.

“We are interviewing witnesses to either confirm or deny his location that night,” Watkins explained.

The man’s vehicle is being processed for trace evidence.

“We will continue to investigate until we have enough evidence to charge someone,” Watkins said.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820.



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