An argument over rent money led to a fight between Jilani Platt and her husband Zyderrious Platt before the pregnant woman was choked unconscious, taken to an area off Cargo Drive and fatally shot in the head, a police detective testified today.
Platt, 31, pleaded not guilty to one count each of murder, possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime and feticide in Recorder’s Court. Judge Michael Joyner ordered Platt held without bond on the charges and bound the case over to Muscogee Superior Court.
Police Detective Vincent Sampson said the husband was interviewed after Jilani Platt didn’t show up at a football game Saturday. Platt didn’t disclosed what actually happened until Monday, when he told police that he and his wife argued over rent money at their Crystal Drive apartment after she had been out spending money.
Samson testified that Platt choked his wife at the top of the stairs until she was unconscious and left the apartment. He returned to the apartment later and found her at the bottom of the stairs.
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Thinking she was dead, Platt placed his wife's body in his SUV and drove out to Cargo Drive. With a 9 mm pistol in his hand as he removed her body, Platt told police a shot was fired accidentally in the air and a second shot struck Jilani Platt in head. Platt took police to the area where the victim’s body was found about 300 feet north of Cargo Drive in a retention pond next to Schatulga Road.
The medical examiner told police Jilani Platt died of a gunshot wound to the head and she was eight or nine weeks pregnant. Under Georgia law, a person may be charged with feticide for willfully and without legal justification causing the death of an unborn child by any injury to the mother, which would be murder if it resulted in the mother's death. If convicted, the charge carries a sentence of life in prison.