Hearing set for teens in murder case
by Lindsay Field
July 31, 2013 12:20 AM | 5061 views | 14 14 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Marcus Dominique Strozier
Marcus Dominique Strozier
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Johnathan Donald Anthony, 18
Johnathan Donald Anthony, 18
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Antonio Shantwan Pass, 18
Antonio Shantwan Pass, 18
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Kemonta Bonds, 18
Kemonta Bonds, 18
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36 year-old Joshua Chellew was the victim of a violent attack on Mableton Parkway on Sunday, June 30. Chellew was allegedly beaten and pushed into traffic by four alleged gang members.
36 year-old Joshua Chellew was the victim of a violent attack on Mableton Parkway on Sunday, June 30. Chellew was allegedly beaten and pushed into traffic by four alleged gang members.
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MARIETTA — Three of the teenagers accused of beating a 36-year-old Mableton man and leaving him in the middle of a highway to be run over by a passing car will appear in court today in a case that many see as a racially motivated crime.

The fourth teen accused in the June 30 death of Joshua Chellew had his initial hearing postponed Tuesday until he can hire an attorney or have one appointed.

All four of the suspects are black and Chellew was white. That fact, combined with police evidence that the teens were acting as part of a street gang, was enough to cause the story to go viral on the Internet during the recent George Zimmerman trial.

Georgia has no hate crime law, but if “bias” against someone’s race or religion is found to be a motivating factor in a crime, then a judge can tack on up to five years additional prison time during the sentencing phase of a case, according to Sgt. Dana Pierce, spokesman for Cobb Police Department.

The purpose of this week’s hearings is to establish probable cause to prosecute the cases and also to decide if the teens will be allowed to post bonds and, if so, at what amount.

Those facing murder charges are Jekari Oshay Strozier, 19, of Austell, along with Mableton residents Johnathan Donald Anthony, 18, Antonio Shantwan Pass, 18, and Kemonta Deandre Bonds, 18. They also face charges of aggravated assault and felony street gang activity related to the death of Chellew.

All four suspects have remained in the Cobb County jail without bonds since July 2.

They are accused of starting a fight with Chellew in the parking lot of a Chevron station in the 6200 block of Mableton Parkway near Community Drive at about 1:20 a.m., punching, hitting and kicking him.

As Chellew attempted to escape, he backed into the center of the nearby five-lane highway, but the teenagers reportedly continued to push him to the ground where he was beaten until unconscious, according to arrest warrants.

Chellew was hit by a driver on Mableton Parkway who originally fled the scene, according to police, but later turned himself in. He was not charged because the hit-and-run was ruled an accident.

Witnesses on the scene told police that “at no time did (the four teens) attempt to aid (Chellew), or to stop the approaching vehicle,” the warrant states.

After Chellew was struck by the passing car, the four young men reportedly walked away, “leaving him helpless.”

The warrant states that the Strozier, Anthony, Pass and Bonds are accused of street gang violence because they belong to the “Re-Up” gang, according to the Cobb Anti-Gang E Unit, and have been previously arrested in connection with gang-related crimes.

Exactly why they would have chosen to attack Chellew remains in question. Was the motivation robbery, a random attack related to their gang activity, or was it racial?

“This will come out at trial,” Pierce said.

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John Hoop
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August 08, 2013
Does the white lady who says "these teens are not thugs. (S)top with the black and white because race was not an issue". Sounds like someone who might know something, such as a witness. What is Chellew's girl friend saying about what took place? They kill her boyfriend and just leave her sitting in the car? What did she do to help him or call police? Obviously, she can clear this up real quick.

On the other hand, someone posits it is not racial but was "gang" related. What "gang" did Chellew belong to? If no gang, then would this not appear to be "bias" related--unless they were actually helping a damsel in distress. Just asking...

Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal - Hearing set for teens in murder case

Ostrogoth
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August 16, 2013
Actually the warrants DO specify that Chellew was a Crip! Yes, this guy whiter than the inside of a 'fridge roaming around Mableton is a Crip of the Oakland Crips... or maybe he was just wearing blue in front of these known Bloods. The AJC had that one some time ago. The family has not responded to this alarming claim but the press has used it to resist noting any racial elements.
Seasoldier
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August 01, 2013
Where's the race baiters now? No outrage from the media either, how about it MSNBC and CNN,,,didn't think so.
Teacher's Pet
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July 31, 2013
Chelllew had a female with him who stayed in the car during the attacks and claimed only to get to him after he was hit by a car. What? No 911 call made by her cell phone? No loud honking of the horn to attract someone's attention? Why aren't we hearing more about her?
Waste of air
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July 31, 2013
Lock them up!
West Cobb
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July 31, 2013
This will NEVER make the news because the victim is white and they are black.
Diamond Jim
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July 31, 2013
So where are Al, Jessie, and Obama demanding "Justice for Joshua"? Never going to happen, because Joshua is white, and there are no white equivalents to Al, Jessie, and Barack. If there were, they would all be shouted down by the media as racists.

I hope these thugs get locked up for life. If Mr. Chellew had been armed this story could have had a much different ending. Just another good example of why the second amendment and concealed carry permits are necessary in our increasingly lawless society.
Diana Long
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July 31, 2013
People are so ignorant and quick to judge I'm a white women of cobb. These teens are not thugs stop with the black and white because race was not an issue. God Bless You.
tired of it
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August 01, 2013
this is NOT a race issue, and im white, this is a gang issue. nothing more or less
Julie Smart
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July 31, 2013
Justice will be served..........these folks are murderers regardless of their race.
Southern Patriot
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July 31, 2013
Where's Jesse and Al? Are these SAVAGES going to be charged with a hate crime? Probably not, but if the racial component was reversed there would be rioting in the streets.
FROM TEXAS
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July 31, 2013
JUSTICE FOR JOSHUA

I can see Al Sharpton leading a parade and wearing t-shirts justice for Joshua this is the next Trayvon we aren’t going to stop until we have justice for Joshua. I’m sure the race baiters at NBC will be all over this with Al Sharpton leading the charge oh my bad turns out he’s a white guy who cares!! Just reverse the roles and four white guys beat a black man and he died we would already be having parades all over the Atlanta Metro area.

1legup
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July 31, 2013
I don't understand why the driver of the car that hit Mr. Chellew will not be charged, did they not leave the scene of an accident with bodily harm wether they came back or not is not the point, they still left the scene originally. Secondly, but of course it was a "hate crime." Do you think that these thugs beat and kicked this lone man because they loved/liked him?
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