Macon woman who killed husband was jailed in ’99 for stabbing man

The woman who fatally stabbed her husband early Sunday morning had previously served three years in prison for stabbing a man in 1999, according to court records.

Bibb County Superior Court records show Corinthia Henley, then Corinthia Johnson, pleaded guilty Nov. 29, 1999, to stabbing a man July 15, 1999.

She was sentenced March 27, 2000, to serve three years in prison followed by seven years on probation, according to the records.

Henley, 30, stabbed 28-year-old Jesse Jerrod Henley with a kitchen knife following an argument about 5:45 a.m. Sunday, according to the Macon police.

A police report labels the case as a “justifiable homicide.”

Corinthia Henley told officers her husband was beating her and pushed her face into a pan of grease warming on the stove when she reached for the knife.

Phone messages left for Henley at her home were not returned Tuesday.

Police Sgt. Melanie Hofmann said no charges have been filed in connection with Jesse Henley’s death and the police investigation is expected to be ongoing for another two weeks.

The case then will be transferred to the Bibb County District Attorney’s Office.

“They are the ones to determine if charges will be filed or not,” Hofmann said Monday.

District Attorney Howard Simms said he anticipates it will take two to three weeks for his office to review case files regarding Corinthia Henley’s prior conviction and the couple’s history that’s recorded in State Court records.

“That will all go into consideration,” Simms said.

Other court records show Corinthia Henley was arrested Feb. 8, 2009, for family violence-related battery. The case has not gone to court.

In November 2003, Henley was charged with simple battery for striking a woman. She was found not guilty in a non-jury trial held in February 2004, according to court records.

State court records also show Jesse Henley was charged with family violence-related battery against Corinthia Henley at least eight times since 2005. He was found not guilty in one case. Six cases were dismissed. Another has not gone to court.

Notes in the case files list a missing witness as the cause for dismissal in five of the six dismissed cases.

Rebecca Grist, an assistant State Court solicitor, said it’s rare that a domestic violence case can be prosecuted if the victim doesn’t testify.

“Unless there’s an independent witness, I have to have the victim here,” she said.

Information from The Telegraph’s archives was included in this report.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.