Man pleads guilty in elderly woman’s murder

Police walk murder suspect Angelo Short into recorder's court. (WRBL)

COLUMBUS, Ga — News 3’s court reporter learns Wednesday morning a man is pleading guilty in the murder of his step-grandmother.

Appearing in recorder’s court, 42-year-old Angelo Short plead guilty to murder and burglary in the death 83-year-old Peggy Gamble. Court documents say a family member found Gamble stabbed about seven times in her home on 8th Street Monday, November 28.

Police charged Short this week with murder after already charging him for the theft of Gamble’s car and an unrelated assault at the Piggly Wiggly on Brown Avenue.

The murder case will now proceed to Superior Court after the Defense Attorney’s office evaluates the plea.

News 3’s media partner The Ledger-Enquirer reports Short is the stepson of Gamble’s daughter.

The Gamble family gathers to comment on the suspect's guilty plea. (WRBL)
The Gamble family gathers to comment on the suspect’s guilty plea. (WRBL)

Gamble’s family gathered at the court house to speak to local news stations. Peggy Gamble’s son Richard Gamble spoke for the family saying they will support life in prison without parole only if Short sticks to his guilty plea and takes responsibility.

“We hope the [guilty] plea is attached to incarceration without the eligibility of parole.  That’s the only thing we’ll accept,” Richard Gamble says. “As a family, we want the death penalty.  But like all things, if he’s willing to confess that he did wrong, then we, as a family, we’ll go along with that [life without parole].  I think that pretty much sums up the way we feel about it, and we’d like to go on now and bury my mother.”

He says the family will fight for the death penalty if Short tries to change his plea.

Gamble is set to be laid to rest Wednesday afternoon at Greater Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church at 3000 12th Ave.


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