Rodney Bolden
Photo: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office
Photo: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office

Man accused of shooting wife before driving her body to DeKalb County Jail

New details were released Friday in a deadly shooting of a Stone Mountain woman whose accused killer drove her body to the DeKalb County Jail last week.

The woman, identified by the DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s office as 57-year-old Wanda Goins of Stone Mountain, was discovered dead in the front passenger seat of a sedan outside the jail last Friday. Her common-law husband, 62-year-old Rodney Bolden, drove there to turn himself in, police said.

Investigators believe Goins was shot at another location in the county, but Bolden did not say where, DeKalb police spokesman J.D. Spencer told Physical evidence suggests she was shot in the head while inside the car.


Bolden pulled up to the jail off Memorial Drive around 5:15 a.m. and approached the first officer he saw, which happened to be a Spalding County deputy arriving to pick up an inmate. 

According to a police report obtained by, Bolden told the deputy, “I need to turn myself in. I have a dead body in my car.”

The deputy detained the man until DeKalb County officers arrived.

There was a heavy police presence outside the jail Friday morning as detectives investigated.
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

He was arrested on a charge of murder. Bolden is being held without bond in the DeKalb County Jail.

No other details have been released. 

The victim was dead when officers arrived at the scene at the jail parking lot, police said. The man was arrested at the scene.

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