James A. M. Henderson, 22, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in criminal court before Judge Carolyn Wade-Blackett for killing Veronica Godwin, 19, on Nov. 10, 2011.
The shooting occurred around 4 p.m. in a bedroom in the 4300 block of Truman Ave. in northeast Memphis.
Henderson told police he got a handgun from a dresser drawer and was pointing it at Godwin when it accidentally discharged while she was on the bed.
The bullet struck her between the eyes.
Henderson said he called 911, but told the dispatcher, paramedics and police that Godwin had a seizure and was passed out on the bed. Henderson said he lied because he was scared.
The case was handled by major case prosecutor Missy Branham and assistant district attorney Gavin Smith, both of the DA’s Intimate Partner/Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit.
The Domestic Violence Unit prosecutes cases of domestic assault and homicide committed by intimate partners. The unit also works closely with the Shelby County Family Safety Center to provide services and assistance to victims and their families.