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March 12, 2014

Update: Accused murderer has first court appearance

A woman charged with murdering a convenience store clerk had a brief first appearance hearing before a Whitfield County Magistrate Court judge this afternoon.

Magistrate Court Judge Chris Griffin presided over the first appearance of Skyy Raven-Marie Mims, 21, whose last known residence is Detroit, Mich. 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 Sunday night.

The hearing lasted about a minute. Griffin asked Mims if she was currently on probation or parole. She replied no to both questions. Griffin told Mims she would have another hearing on Friday — a bond hearing before Superior Court Judge Jack Partain.

The hearing was done by video conference. Mims was represented by attorney Amber Connell with the public defender’s office. She will be represented by attorney Steve Blevins, also with the public defender’s office.

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.

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

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

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