Judge denies bond, Skyy Mims pleads not guilty in store clerk murder case
WHITFIELD COUNTY, GA (WRCB) -
Bond was denied for the woman accused of killing a Dalton convenience store clerk earlier this year. Twenty-one-year-old Skyy Mims is charged in the death of 37-year-old Dayahbai Chaudhari. Police say Mims, a Detroit native, walked into the Kanku's Express off Airport Road March 9th and stabbed Chaudhari to Death.
After two days on the run, U.S. Marshals located Mims at a home in Bartow County where she was taken into custody. Mims is charged with murder and armed robbery and could face the death penalty. Investigators also say Skyy Mims is tied to the murder scene for having stolen lottery tickets and money from the convenience store.
Mims' attorney and family say she is innocent. Mims entered the courtroom Monday, her appearance different from her first court video conference a few months ago. Her faded blonde hair is now in braids.
"We plead not guilty because I believe that my client is absolutely innocent of these allegations. It's mis-identification," says Mims' attorney, Carla Marable.
Marable says the honor student and aspiring singer and model is no murderer. She maintains the person caught on surveillance video the night of 37-year-old Dayahbai Chaudhari's death is someone else.
"That's not my client on the video. So whoever is on the video, it looks bad. But that wasn't my client," says Marable.
Marable even claims to know who the suspect may be and says more will come out in the trial.
"I have another person who is a dead ringer for Skyy."
Mims gave her family and friends a wave goodbye as she left the courtroom.
"She's never been in trouble a day in her life," said one of her family members after the hearing.
Her cousin and friends, who did not wish to be named, say the truth will come out, Skyy did not do anything wrong.
"We want the truth to be known. She's innocent. She's innocent. That's the only thing we have to say."
In the meantime, District Attorney Bert Poston says the prosecution is ready for trial.
"We continue to prepare and get ready and to share information with the defense and we expect to be ready to try the case November 3rd," says Poston.
The judge denied a request for bond to be set in the case, saying Skyy Mims could be a flight risk.
Mims' attorney says Mims' mother is planning to move down to the area in the coming weeks and she plans on possibly requesting bond again.