Whitfield County murder suspect is well known in Detroit

Reported by: Erik Avanier
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Updated: 3/14/2014 6:44 pm
WHITFIELD COUNTY, Georgia(WDEF) - The woman at the center of a murder case in near Dalton is actually a bigger icon in her home town of Detroit.

Skyy Mims, 21, of Detroit was arrested earlier this week and charged with one count of armed robbery and one count of murder. Both charges combined makes it a capitol offense which is punishable by death or a life sentence in a Georgia prison.

Until this past week, no one in North Georgia ever heard of Skyy Mims but back in her home town of Detroit, Mims is well known in the city's hip hop community.

WDEF spoke to A. Matthew Luckie of Detroit who goes by the name DJ 8 Mile. He's an underground internet DJ and CEO of a company called International Hip Hop. DJ 8 Mile said the entire hip hop community in Detroit was shocked when word of her arrest became a national headline.

"In my experience with her, I would have never in a million days expect that.I was totally unhappy when I found out she was associated with this scenario," said the DJ.

He said when he first met Mims, he was amazed by her level of talent.

"She has skills where she can be in the suburbs as well as the city. She's a very good and talented hip hop artist. Plus she has the natural ability to be a model," said the DJ.

Mims was reportedly on her way to Atlanta when police say she allegedly killed the store clerk, Dahyabhai Chaudhari, 37, Sunday night.

It happened inside the Kanku's convenience store on the 3000 Cleveland Hwy.

According to published reports by the Daily Citizen of Dalton, Chaudhari was found dead on the floor with his eyes and mouth duck-taped. The Daily citizen got that information from the customer who found Chaudhari's body and called 9-1-1. The customer also reportedly said that he saw change scattered behind the cash register.

Whitfield County Sheriff deputies confiscated the store security camera system where they found evidence that linked Mims to the murder.

Once her identity was revealed, there was a statewide manhunt to take her into custody.

On Tuesday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigations tracked her down to a residence in Bartow County where she was arrested and transported back to Whitfield County. 

Further investigation revealed that the car she was using had been reported stolen from Michigan.

On Wednesday, Mims made her first appearance in court where she was read the charges against her.

On Thursday, her attorney from the Whitfield County public defenders office announced that a scheduled Friday morning bond hearing was cancelled.

Mims remains in jail without bond.

As for Chaudhari, close friends say his family is trying to determine if he will be laid to rest in the U.S or if his body will be shipped back to his home in India.

According to his friends, Chaudhari had only been in the country for two years and had only been working at the Kanku's store for a couple of months.

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