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March 12, 2014

Suspected murderer to make first court appearance today (Updated 11:08 a.m.)

Bond hearing set for Friday

A woman charged with murdering a convenience store clerk is expected to have her first appearance hearing before a Whitfield County Magistrate Court judge today at 3:30 p.m. and is scheduled for a bond hearing Friday at 9 a.m. before Superior Court Judge Jack Partain.

Skyy Raven Marie Mims, 21, whose last known residence is Detroit, Mich., was captured by authorities Tuesday night in Bartow County. She is charged with murder and armed robbery in the killing of Dahyabhai Kalidas Chaudmari, 37, at the Hi-Tech Fuel gas station at 3385 Airport Road in Dalton.

Mims is currently being held at the Whitfield County jail without bond.

The hearing today will be conducted by video conference “as is the standard practice in all cases,” according to a press release from District Attorney Bert Poston. Mims will remain at the Whitfield County Jail during the hearing.

“The purpose of a first appearance hearing is to advise the arrestee of the charges against her, and to advise her of her rights including her right to an attorney and to a court appointed attorney if she qualifies,” Poston said.

Poston did not know if Mims has an attorney or has applied for a court appointed attorney.

Since the Magistrate Court is not legally authorized to set bail on a murder charge, Mims is scheduled for a bond hearing Friday. The hearing is expected to be done via video conference from the jail.

Officials have said Mims fled from Hi-Tech Fuel Sunday night with stolen lottery tickets and money from the cash register after allegedly killing Chaudmari, who was originally from India, with what is believed to be a knife.

Capt. Rick Swiney with the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office said Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials received information Tuesday that Mims was staying at the residence, so they contacted the U.S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force. Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force begin surveillance. Details on who Mims was staying with and why weren’t immediately released.

At about 5:30 p.m., officers “detected some movement” in the home and went inside, Swiney said.

Swiney said sheriff’s office investigators used a search warrant for the residence where Mims was staying in Bartow County and brought back a Kia Soul that Mims had been traveling in that had been reported stolen in Michigan.

Check back for updates and read tomorrow’s Daily Citizen for a full report.

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