Mark Rogers said in an interview with The Daily Citizen of Dalton that change was scattered behind the cash register, leading him to tell the 911 operator that he thought the store had been robbed.
Skyy Raven Marie Mims -- an aspiring model, dancer and rapper from Detroit -- is being held on a murder charge in the weekend slaying of the store clerk, 37-year-old Dahyabhai Chaudhari.
Another customer in the store earlier that night, around 11:15 p.m., saw a woman standing behind the counter with sunglasses so large they covered most of her face.
Charles David Branson first saw Chaudhari behind the counter. He was smiling but his eyes were red, as if he had been crying, Branson told The Chattanooga Times Free Press. Then, the clerk disappeared and Branson waited for at least 10 minutes. After using the restroom, where he thought he heard an argument involving a man and a woman, Branson said he went to the counter and saw a woman behind it.
The woman wore a white sweatshirt with the hood pulled tight and blue sunglasses so big they covered most of her face, so that all he could see was her nose, mouth and chin, Branson told the Chattanooga newspaper. Branson said the woman claimed to be the clerk's wife, and yelled at him that he had to leave and the store was closing early.
Around 12:30 a.m. Monday, Rogers discovered the store clerk's body and called 911.
Whitfield County sheriff's officials have released few details about how Chaudhari was killed.
The killing was captured on a store surveillance camera, and investigators have that footage, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Meanwhile, Mims is being held in the Whitfield County Jail and faces a bond hearing on Friday.
She had been trying to get her music recognized and was visiting Atlanta frequently to try to break into the music scene there, her friend, Ibrahim Max, told The Daily Citizen.
"She said she was getting more support from people in Atlanta," Max said. "She said it was amazing. I was like, 'Why are you going to Atlanta? What's in Atlanta?' And she said, 'I think I can build a fan base.' I thought that was true. Her music was more outside the box and I thought Atlanta was a good place for that. She had so much potential there, I think."
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