Columbia man found guilty in wife's murder, sentenced to prison without parole


COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - One Columbia man was found guilty in connection with the 2015 murder of his wife.

After a four-day trial, a jury found 60-year-old Mimi Joe Marshall guilty in the murder of his wife Doris Marshall and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

On Aug. 14, 2015, Marshall shot his wife, Doris, in the head with a 12-gauge, double-barrel shotgun in the living room of their home.

He then left the home and drove down a dirt road near Hopkins with plans to take his own life, but fell asleep instead.

Marshall called his brother the next morning and left a voicemail message saying, "she (Doris) grabbed the gun and pulled it towards her and the gun went off."

He later drove to his brother's house still carrying the shotgun he used to kill his wife.

During an argument, he admitted to his brother that he had argued with his wife prior to the shooting, but that she grabbed the gun from him and it went off. He told his brother that she was dead and her body was still in the home.

Marshall then told his brother to call police as he drove to a local bar.

Doris was later found by the couple's daughter who had gone to the home to check on her mother.

With the help of neighbors, they forced the door open and found Doris slumped over on the couch with a gunshot wound to the head.

Police were called immediately and responded to the scene.

Two days after the incident, Mimi was arrested at Tony's Lounge and taken into custody by the Richland County Sheriff's Department. The weapon was found in his vehicle, which was towed for processing.

Marshall was sentenced to life in prison without parole plus an additional five years for the gun charges.

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