'48 Hours' Looks at Warner Robins Woman's Death

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CBS' 48 Hours on Saturday night investigates the death of a former Warner Robins woman who was found face up in front of her home dead from a shot to the head.

The episode, "Power and Passion" reports on the death of Angel Downs, a real-estate agent, who died in Gulf Shores, Ala., on Mothers Day, 2010.

Her boyfriend, Steve Nodine, was later charged with killing her. Nodine was married and a county commissioner.

Nodine admitted to "48 HOURS" that the two had an affair for six years, but denies killing her: "There's a lot of theories out there, but I know when I have to meet the Lord God Almighty, I can stand up there and say I did not shoot, harm or hurt Angel Downs in any form or fashion."

Downs formerly lived in Warner Robins and graduated from Northside High School.

She died from a bullet from her own handgun.

On Friday, her mother, Thelma Hinckley of Warner Robins, told 13WMAZ's Lorra Lynch Jones that she still believes her daughter was murdered and did not commit suicide.

Nodine went to trial for her murder, but there was a hung jury. Just before the case was to go to trial for a second time, Nodine took a plea deal for a lesser crime.

He is currently serving that sentence.

Nodine cannot be tried again for the same crime.

Asked what the family hoped to gain from 48 Hours, Hinckley said she wants "the truth out there." She said she wanted her daughter's side of the story shared.

Richard Schlesinger and the 48 Hours team pieced together Downs' life and Nodine's story through interviews with Downs' family, her neighbor, Nodine, his attorney, and prosecutors.

"Power and Passion" airs Saturday at 10 p.m. on 13WMAZ.

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