2020 murder suspect accepts plea deal for killing girlfriend, sentenced to life

Published: May. 22, 2023 at 12:11 PM EDT|Updated: May. 22, 2023 at 5:12 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - A Columbus murder suspect accepted a plea deal for killing his girlfriend in 2020.

Jamari Sider, who was 21 years old at the time of the crime, is charged with the December 26, 2020, murder of his girlfriend, Chasity Walker. The shooting occurred at a home on 33rd Avenue in Columbus. However, Sider claimed the shooting was an accident.

Initially, Sider told police Walker was killed in a drive-by shooting. However, police claim that is not true because the shell casings were too close to the house, and there was no evidence of shell casings on or near the street.

Later, Sider admitted to shooting his girlfriend but tells police it was accidental when the gun went off in his pocket - though police say there was not a bullet hole in his coat pocket.

According to court officials, Sider took a deal, pleading guilty to Walker’s murder. He will be sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 30 years.