March 5, 2009
A Columbus woman who pleaded guilty to murder faces life without parole after being sentenced in Lowndes County Circuit Court this week, and a Columbus man will undergo a mental evaluation before facing a capital murder trial later this year.
Ida Doreen Weaver, 48, of 8295 Highway 182 E., No. 16 in Columbus, pleaded guilty to a charge of capital murder Monday, before 16th Circuit Court Judge Lee Howard.
Weaver avoided the death penalty, the maximum sentence allowed for cases of capital murder. Howard instead sentenced Weaver to life in prison without the possibility of parole. She will be transferred to Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County.
Weaver stood accused of stabbing her boyfriend, John Allen Bailey, to death during a robbery at the Ann Lee Hotel in November of 2006.
Weaver had been staying with Bailey, who was originally from D''Iberville, a little more than a week before the murder.
In another murder trial, Charlton A. Colom, 31, of 291 Sherman Circle, was granted a motion Monday to undergo a mental evaluation. Judge Jim Kitchens ordered Colom be transferred to the state''s Forensic Services Unit at Whitfield for the testing.
Colom is being tried for the murder of Kevin Gordon. According to witnesses, Colom knocked on Gordon''s door at 111 Billy Walker Road in Columbus at 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 9, 2008 entered the residence and shot Gordon in the chest. Colom then fled the scene in an Oldsmobile Cutlass before being captured by the LSCO.
Because Gordon was shot during a robbery, Colom is being tried for capital murder; the state is seeking the death penalty.
Colom''s trial date is set for May 18. Currently, he is being held in the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center without bond.