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Woman now accused of premeditated murder

ALBANY, Ga. -- A Dougherty County grand jury found cause Wednesday to re-indict an Albany woman for premeditated murder.

Marlina von Hamilton, 33, has bonded out of the Dougherty County Jail after being charged with fatally shooting her ex-husband Christopher Donaldson, 32, on Oct. 12. The grand jury re-indicted her with malice murder and aggravated battery.

According to court documents, "said accused did seriously disfigure and render useless a member of Christopher Donaldson's body, to wit by shooting him in the penis."

Donaldson was also shot in the chest with a 9mm- caliber pistol, stated Albany Police Department reports.

Greg Edwards, district attorney for the Dougherty Judicial Circuit, said that he decided to bring the re-indictment to the grand jury due to the shooting's malicious nature.

"Evidence from the continuing investigation has indicated this was a premeditated murder," Edwards said. "We offered it to the grand jury based on the malice of the murder."

According to police reports, Donaldson was found shot at 2414 Habersham Road after an altercation with von Hamilton. He died at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital from his wounds.

Previously, police responded to domestic violence calls at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 1 and at 11:40 p.m. Oct. 11. Those two calls were labeled "unfounded" because there was no evidence of an altercation.

In those two domestic reports Donaldson was listed as the aggressor.

After the second police call, Donaldson left. He returned after midnight Oct. 12 and was shot, police said.

After the shooting, the report listed von Hamilton as the aggressor.