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May 29, 2014

Accused murderer indicted in convenience store killing

A Detroit, Mich., woman who was an aspiring singer, rapper and model was indicted Thursday in the March murder of a convenience store clerk in Whitfield County.

A Whitfield County grand jury indicted Skyy Raven Marie Mims, 21, in the stabbing death of Dahyabhai Kalidas Chaudhari, who was 37 and working at the Hi-Tech Fuel gas station at 3385 Airport Road when he died.

In addition to the felony murder charge, Mims faces felony counts of aggravated assault, armed robbery, burglary in the second degree, possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime and theft by bringing stolen property into the state.

Mims is scheduled for formal arraignment on July 18 before Superior Court Judge Jack Partain. She remains in the Whitfield County jail without bond.

Mims has been represented by the local public defender’s office. Assistant Public Defender Brandon Sparks declined to speak to a reporter Thursday, and a person who answered the phone referred questions about the Mims case to Cheryl Karounos, director of communications for the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council. Karounos could not be reached for comment late Thursday afternoon.

Investigators have been tight-lipped since the late-night murder on March 9. The indictment contained little new information about the crimes.

According to the indictment, the armed robbery charge stems from Mims carrying a knife and a pink and black Airsoft Smith & Wesson Chiefs Special .45 pistol into the convenience store. Officials say she stole money and lottery tickets. She drove to the convenience store, about five miles from I-75, in a stolen green 2012 Kia Soul.

Investigators have not said why Mims was in Whitfield County that Sunday night, nor have they given a motive for her murder of Chaudhari, a popular employee who was an immigrant from India. Investigators do not believe they knew each other.

Mims stabbed Chaudhari once in the back with a knife, leaving his body in a pool of blood on the floor of the convenience store, his mouth and eyes duct-taped shut, officials and a witness said. She then fled the store. After a brief manhunt, she was captured in Bartow County the next evening.

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