33-year-old Zyderrious Platt will spend the rest of his life in prison after being found guilty of murdering his wife, 26-year-old Jilani Platt. It took the jury a matter of an hour and a half to come to a unanimous decision. When they returned to the courtroom around 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, the jury found Platt guilty of felony murder, malice murder, feticide and aggravated assault.
Platt was found guilty of killing his pregnant wife Jilani back in 2009. Throughout the trial, Platt maintained he is not guilty of fatally shooting her. Although he admits the two had a violent argument the last time he saw her alive.
Judge Bobby Peters moved into sentencing immediately following the verdict. Platt was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences on murder and feticide charges, in addition to five years to be served consecutively for aggravated assault.
NBC 38 spoke to a therapist who explains that while most arguments between couples don't end in tragedy, money is a big issue in many marriages.
"Money causes more problems in a marriage than all of the other issues combined," said Dr. William Cole.
Dr. Cole is a Columbus therapist with over 20 years experience. He says arguments over finances often turn ugly. He says, "When disagreements happens, anger happens and sometimes it can even get to some violence."
Jilani's best friend says she witnessed an argument between the couple at Friday's Restaurant about rent payments the night she died. Also, officers testified that Platt told them the couple hadn't really spoken in over a month and he was sleeping on the couch. Dr. Cole explains, "The anger that can erupt sometimes comes from unresolved issues because the people in the relationship won't communicate. They try to bury them and then they explode. "
Platt's defense attorney Robert Watkins told the jury that the night Jilani died, the couple had a violent argument. Watkins says Platt choked his wife but when he left their home to cool off she was alive. He says when Platt came back home she was dead, so he wrapped her in a comforter and took her to a retention pond on Schatulga Road. Watkins argues that because Jilani was dead before Platt shot her, he's not guilty of murder.