2008 cold case of man slain in Columbus home solved, woman charged with murder

Updated: Feb. 17, 2021 at 12:32 PM EST
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The cold case of a man found dead in his Columbus home in 2008 has finally ended in an arrest more than 12 years later.

40-year-old Shanita Evette Wyatt was arrested and charged with Hill’s murder. Wyatt had been held in the Muscogee County Jail since May 2020 on unrelated drug charges, according to Columbus Chief of Police Freddie Blackmon.

In April 2008, officers went to Hill’s Marathon Dr. apartment to conduct a welfare check. When the door was found to be locked, officers forced their way in and found Hill deceased.

“The officers observed the door locked, therefore they had to forcibly enter into the residence. Upon entering the residence, the officer discovered Paul Hill deceased,” said Blackmon.

The cold case has been in and out of investigation three times since 2008.

In October 2016, Detective Stuart Carter was assigned to the cold case and worked it through June 2017. In January 2020, he resumed the investigation.

Additional testimony and witnesses were found to corroborate testimony for previous witnesses, leading to a murder warrant being obtained against Wyatt.

Carter said they are still investigating the case and there could be another arrest involved.

Blackmon commended Carter’s perseverance “This investigation is evident that Detective Carter honored his oath. He was relentless in this investigation, which led to the arrest of Wyatt,” said Blackmon.

Carter said there is more information to be uncovered and there’s potential to be more involved in this murder. Blackmon did not discuss a motive or information on evidence. He said they will discuss more at Recorders Court Friday at 9 a.m.

Watch the full press conference in the video below.

Columbus Chief of Police Clears Cold Case

LIVE: Cold case cleared in Columbus, Chief Freddie Blackmon says. >>> http://bit.ly/3pucBLE

Posted by WTVM News Leader 9 on Wednesday, February 17, 2021


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