Police ID woman wanted for questioning in death of man hit with baseball bat

Athens-Clarke County police Tuesday identified the person wanted for questioning in the death of an Athens man struck by a baseball bat earlier this week.

 

Investigators want to talk to Brittany Gordon-Kiker, 26, about the early morning events Monday that led to 34-year-old Jovan Shanta Campbell being hit by the bat and later dying from his injuries.

Campbell was fatally injured during a dispute at his Park Ridge Court residence off Barnett Shoals Road, police said. Police said the altercation was not a domestic violence incident.

“They are known to each other, but have no domestic ties,” according to Epifanio Rodriguez, spokesman for the Athens-Clarke County Police Department.

An autopsy was to have been performed Tuesday morning on Campbell at the State Crime Lab, Rodriguez said, but the results were not known as of early Tuesday afternoon.

No warrants have been taken out on Gordon-Kiker in connection with Campbell’s death, though a warrant for her arrest already had been on file for a criminal trespass charge, police said.

Campbell had been on the giving end of a violent domestic assault in 2014 for which he received a 10-year sentence after pleading guilty to aggravated assault and aggravated battery stemming from an attack on a woman at a westside hotel.

According to police and court records, Campbell strangled and knocked out a tooth when he punched the woman in the face, and also bit and scratched her. As part of a plea bargain, he served one year in prison and was on probation for that assault at the time of his death.

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