Elijah Ramoutar

COVINGTON — A man on trial in the murder of his girlfriend decided to enter a guilty plea mid-trial last Wednesday in Newton County Superior Court.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, jury selection was held last Monday in the trial of Elijah Ramoutar, 19, who was charged with malice murder, felony murder, and aggravated assault in the 2016 strangulation death of 19-year-old Alyssa Wright. However, by the time the prosecution had called its sixth witness, Ramoutar indicated he wanted to enter a guilty plea to all the charges against him. Judge Samuel Ozburn sentenced Ramoutar to life in prison.

According to the DA’s office, deputies with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office were called to a White Birth Drive residence on Dec. 6, 2016, where they found Ramoutar behind the house. They found Wright’s body inside the house. An autopsy by a medical examiner with the GBI determined that Wright died from strangulation.

Ramoutar had contacted a family member and said that he had killed his girlfriend. The family member then contacted 911. According to the DA’s Office, the defendant also made statements to law enforcement that he killed Wright.

The case was prosecuted by Senior District Attorney Jacqueline Fletcher, Assistant District Attorney Alex Stone, Investigator Beau Alexander, Victim Services Director Leslie Smith, and Legal Assistant Sheila Cornelius. The Newton County Sheriff’s Office handled the investigation and arrest.


I have been editor of the Rockdale Citizen since 1996 and editor of the Newton Citizen since it began publication in 2004. I am also currently executive editor of the Clayton News Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Jackson Progress-Argus.