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1 Victim, 4 Murder Counts in Dalton

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WHITFIELD COUNTY, GA (WRCB) - Thursday, a Whitfield County grand jury handed down eleven criminal indictments against 21 year old Skyy Mims of Detroit, Michigan.

The indictments are in connection to the March 9th stabbing death of Dalton, Georgia convenience store clerk Dahyabhai Kalidas Chaudhiri.

"They returned an indictment charging her with murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime and theft of stolen property by bringing it into the state," lists Conasauga Judicial Circuit District Attorney Bert Poston.

Mims was arrested two days after Chaudhiri was killed while on the job at Dalton's Kanku convenience store on Airport Road.

Of the 11 grand jury indictments filed against Mims, four are for Chadauri's murder.

Poston explains how a defendant accused of killing one victim can face multiple murder charges.

"Georgia law has two ways murder can be committed, and we generally refer to malice murder or felony murder. Malice simply means the unlawful intent to kill without justification. Felony murder is when death occurs during the commission of a felony."

According to Poston, each murder count stems from the victim's death which occurred during the commission of another crime.
News of the indictments resonated at the workplace of the deceased.

No one would comment on camera, but one store co-owner told me she was glad Mims has been caught, charged and now awaiting trial.

As to whether or not this is a potential death penalty case for Skyy Mims, Poston says his office is still weighing the merits of the case.

"There are elements there that would allow for it, we have to make that decision prior to arraignment," said Poston Thursday outside the Whitfield County Courthouse.

Mims remains jailed without bond since her March 11th arrest.

Prosecutors must notify the court prior to Mims' next court appearance, now set for July 18th before Whitfield Superior Court Judge Jack Partain.
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