(RepublicanNews.org) – A Georgia woman who was already serving a life sentence for murder has been convicted of murder once again.
Joyce Marie Lewis-Pelzer, 47, was previously convicted for the murder of her wife Rosalyn Renee Lewis, 47. Lewis was brutally stabbed to death at a motel in Georgia in December 2018.
The victim had been seeking a divorce from her killer, with police warned by Pelzer’s then-girlfriend over the plot to kill Lewis. She was stabbed more than 30 times, confirming the identity of her murderer before dying at a nearby hospital on December 10th, 2018.
Three days later, Pelzer was arrested following a short police chase and gun battle. On her recovery bed, she was interviewed by police officers and claimed that Lewis had been involved in the death of Shawndell McLeod, who is believed to have been kidnapped and then killed on September 25th, 2011.
Pelzer, as the ex-girlfriend of McLeod, was initially interviewed by law enforcement, having threatened her with a knife two months prior. The latter had also reported her killer in August of that year for entering her home and taking her furniture, but the case went cold for seven years.
In August 2018, the same girlfriend who warned police over the plot to kill Lewis also informed them about Pelzer’s admittance that she’d killed McLeod.
According to the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office, Pelzer confessed that the plan had taken two to three months to complete and that Pelzer’s wife Lewis had hired a hitman to help with the plot. McLeod was kidnapped as she arrived for work, and held captive until she was executed. Her body, which Pelzer claimed was in the Arabia Mountain area, has never been found despite extensive efforts.
Pelzer was tried by a jury, and convicted of McLeod’s murder on December 1st, 2023. She was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for the murder, almost two years after her initial guilty plea.
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