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ALBANY, Ga. -- A grand jury handed down a true bill to indict 33-year-old Marlina Hamilton Wednesday with the felony murder of her ex-husband.

Christopher Donald, 32, died after receiving gunshots to the groin and chest after midnight Tuesday.

Dougherty Grand Jurors also indicted Hamilton on aggravated assault charges, said Greg Edwards, Dougherty Judicial Circuit district attorney.

Hamilton is in Dougherty County Jail with no bail set, a jail spokeswoman said.

Police officers responded to Hamilton's 2414 Habersham Road residence three times this year on domestic violence calls, all in October, according to Albany Police Department records. The first two times were at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 1 and 11:40 p.m. Oct. 11 and were labeled "unfounded," reports added.

Police saw Donaldson leave late Monday. When he returned after midnight he was shot by Hamilton, according to the police domestic violence report.

Speaking in general terms, Silke Deeley, executive director of Liberty House, an organization serving victims of domestic violence, said that when there is an unfounded domestic violence call her organization should be notified.

Unfounded is a police term meaning there were no visible signs of a physical altercation. Usually if there is a physical altercation, there are bruises on the victim, furniture broken or some other physical signs.

In the unfounded reports before Donaldson was killed, Hamilton was listed as the victim and Donaldson as the aggressor. On the third report, she was labeled the aggressor.

"The police officers spend maybe 15 minutes with a victim," Deeley said. "There isn't much time for an assessment or talking with the victim to help her."

Deeley said that she would like to have officers call her organization's 24-hour-hotline and report the residence of the unfounded domestic. Her organization would send someone to the residence to talk with the victim, she said.

Donaldson was the second domestic fatality of the year. Beverly Jean Williams, 51, was found beaten to death in March at the Dollar Inn on the 2700 block of North Slappey Boulevard.

Monty Caren Simpson, 56, remains in Dougherty County Jail without bail charged with Williams' murder, aggravated assault and other charges.