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Columbia Man Found Guilty of Murder and Sentenced to Life in Prison Without Parole

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Columbia – Last week in Richland County, sixty (60) year-old Mimi Joe Marshall was found guilty of the 2015 murder of his wife Doris Marshall and of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  After a four day trial, a jury found Mimi Joe Marshall guilty as charged, and Judge Robert Hood sentenced him to life in prison without parole plus an additional five (5) years for the gun charge. 

On August 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.  Instead, he fell asleep.  Marshall called his brother the next morning and left a voicemail message saying that "she [Mrs. Marshall] grabbed the gun and pulled it towards her and the gun went off." Marshall later drove to his brother’s house still carrying the shotgun he used to kill his wife.  Marshall admitted to his brother that he argued with his wife prior to the shooting, but that she grabbed the gun in his hand, and it just went off.  He confessed that Mrs. Marshall was dead and her body was still in the home.  Marshall then told his brother to call the police and he left and went to a local bar.  Mrs. Marshall was discovered by Amanda Marshall, the victim’s daughter, who went to the residence to check on her mother.  With the help of neighbors, they forced the door open and Amanda found her mother slumped over on the couch with a gunshot wound to the head.  Police were called and immediately responded to the scene. 

Mimi Joe Marshall was apprehended at Tony’s Lounge, arrested and taken to Richland County Sheriff Department headquarters on August 16, 2015.  The weapon was found in his vehicle and it was towed to Richland County Sheriff’s Department headquarters for processing.

After four (4) days of trial a Richland County Jury found Mimi Joe Marshall guilty in just one hour.