It took less than 30 seconds this morning for the man accused of shooting his pregnant girlfriend to waive his Columbus Recorder's Court hearing and head back inside the jail.
Javon Elshawn Thompson, the 22-year-old Columbus man charged with the murder of Sarahonica Thrasher, stepped in to the courtroom with folded hands pressed to his lips. Senior Judge Michael Cielinski asked Thompson whether he wanted to waive the hearing, enter not guilty pleas to all his charges and hire a private attorney. Softly, Thompson indicated that was the case.
Cielinski then ordered Thompson be held with no bond for the slaying of Thrasher, 22. Thompson was given $20,000 bond on charges of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Police say Thompson shot Thrasher in the head at 4:45 a.m. Friday during an argument the couple was having at their 23rd Street home in the East Highland neighborhood. Thrasher was seven months pregnant with Thompson's child.
Thompson drove her to The Medical Center, where the baby was delivered during an emergency operation. Thrasher died at 2:20 p.m. Friday, police said.
The baby was in good condition.
Thompson's case now proceeds to a Muscogee County grand jury, which has the power to indict.