Crime & Courts

Richmond Co. | Columbia Co. | Aiken Co. |

Augusta man convicted of murder in woman's stabbing

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011 5:03 PM
Last updated 5:12 PM
  • Follow Crime & courts

Samuel Steplight was convicted of murder Thursday in connection with last year’s death of a 52-year-old grandmother, Norma Jean Mobley.

Steplight, 55, was found guilty of felony murder, terroristic acts and threats, and possession of a knife in the commission of a crime.

He was acquitted of malice murder, the charge his attorney was hoping would be reduced to a conviction of voluntary manslaughter.

Both murder charges carry a penalty of life in prison; sentencing was delayed to a future date.

The jury took five hours to make a decision, despite a confession on the witness stand by Steplight in which he declared, “I am the murderer.”

Assistant District Attorney John Markwalter attributed the long deliberation to the complicated jury instructions in the case.

“It shows they took their job seriously,” he said.

In the trial’s first three days, Markwalter used witnesses’ testimony to paint Steplight as a man bent on revenge after he was spurned by his girlfriend, Mobley.

On Nov. 3, Steplight was invited into her apartment at Cherry Tree Crossing, supposedly to repair their relationship. Instead, Steplight said Mobley named her new boyfriend and spit in his face, causing Steplight to fly into a rage and stab her at least 15 times with a knife.

Steplight’s attorney, David Brunk, tried to characterize the stabbing as an act of passion during which Steplight momentarily lost his senses.

Comments (4) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
Cadence
219
Points
Cadence 10/06/11 - 05:06 pm
0
0
15 times? That is a lot. Take

15 times? That is a lot. Take a minute and act that out on your desk or bed or couch arm. It takes a while, it takes thought and persistence. Once might be a crime of passion, twice even. But 15 is intentional.

Cassandra Harris
-3
Points
Cassandra Harris 10/06/11 - 05:10 pm
0
0
"The jury took five hours to

"The jury took five hours to make a decision, despite a confession on the witness stand by Steplight in which he declared, “I am the murderer.”"

They were most likely wrangling with the degree of guilt. I don't buy that crap that she invited him over and then taunted him about her new boyfriend either.

dougk
3
Points
dougk 10/06/11 - 06:28 pm
0
0
That last sentence does not
Unpublished

That last sentence does not sound like you, CH....you got an imposter??

yakirz
9
Points
yakirz 10/08/11 - 09:14 pm
0
0
He should be executed.
Unpublished

He should be executed.

Sassylily555
0
Points
Sassylily555 10/20/11 - 01:28 am
0
0
Why go to the apartment where

Why go to the apartment where she was so that you can lose your sanity. He should have stayed away from her place. He returned from Atlanta where he was living with his sister and her family to kill Norma. He should have gone on to some place else instead of returning to Augusta...
Her murder was no accident and it certainly was thought out.
He should stay in prison for the remainder of his life because he is a danger to women. We certainly don't want another woman to feel his wrath and rage.

Sassylily555
0
Points
Sassylily555 10/20/11 - 01:33 am
0
0
Norma was my friend and he

Norma was my friend and he put her life light out. The phone is silent and the friendship between us has stopped. She never met a stranger and anyone can vouch for that. She was funny, cheery and full of life. She helped anyone who needed her help. I knew her for just about a year when he murdered her and I am not pleased with what happened to her. He should punish himself and not wait for the authorities to punish him.

Back to Top

Top headlines

More than 2,000 get meal at annual dinner

More than 800 volunteers served a hot meal to more than 2,000 homeless people at James Brown Arena on Saturday at the Bridge Ministry's annual Thanksgiving Dinner.
Search Augusta jobs