Wilson Apartments double homicide suspects guilty on all charges

Published: Nov. 14, 2023 at 3:58 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 14, 2023 at 8:02 PM EST
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - After hours of deliberations, a verdict has been reached in the Wilson Apartment double homicide. The shooting claimed the lives of two teens back in 2021.

The jury in this case had over 2,000 pieces of evidence to determine the guilt or innocence of the defendants. And on November 14, the jury found the defendants guilty on all counts.

In June of 2021, Terrance Upshaw, Homer Upshaw, and Rodderick Glanton allegedly shot into a Dodge Dart sedan in the Wilson Apartment complex, hitting four people and killing two. 18-year-old Saiveon Pugh and 17-year-old Jessie Ransom died as a result of their wounds.

“Count 15 aggravated assault guilty, count 16 aggravated assault guilty.”

The defendants are guilty on the following charges:

  1. Seven counts of Violation of Street Gant Terrorism and Prevention Act
  2. Two counts of Malice Murder
  3. Two counts of Felony Murder
  4. Four counts of Aggravated Assault
  5. Three counts of Criminal Damage to Property in the First Degree
  6. Possession of a Firearm During Commission of a Felony

Chimere Ransom, the mother of one of the victims, Jessie Ransom she says sitting through this trial was like having to relive it all over again, but she is glad it’s over.

“Still sad. I never wished bad on nobody despite of what happened to my son and his friends or how they may have the lawyers even may have labeled them like I said the end of day is still sad but justice was served.”

Defense attorney Shevon Thomas II says he still stands by his defense that his client was using self-defense.

“Of course we don’t agree with it, but we accept it because its apart of the criminal justice process.”

Sentencing is set for November 29th in Judge Gil McBride’s courtroom where all the defendants are facing life with no possibility of parole.