Suspect in slaying of Athens man with baseball bat in custody

Brittany Gordon-Kiker

A Madison County woman was questioned Wednesday about the slaying of an Athens man following her arrest Tuesday on an unrelated charge.

 

Brittany Gordon-Kiker, 26, was arrested on a criminal trespass warrant at the Madison County Department of Family and Children Services by Clarke County deputy sheriffs at about 6 p.m., according to police.

The warrant was obtained Monday, the day of Jovan Shanta Campbell allegedly was beaten to death with a baseball bat at his Park Ridge Court home, because “detectives were told at the crime scene that (Gordon-Kiker) was not invited into (Campbell’s) house and she was asked to leave and refused to leave,” said Athens-Clarke County police spokesman Epifanio Rodriguez.

Gordon-Kiker was booked into the Clarke County Jail on the trespass charge shortly before 7 p.m. She was then taken for questioning to the east police precinct, where investigators continued to interview her, according to Rodriguez.

Investigators were also reviewing a report of autopsy results that could help them decide whether Gordon-Kiker should be criminally charged.

“Our detectives are in the process of interviewing her now,” Rodriguez said Wednesday morning.

The investigators were also reviewing the postmortem report on the autopsy that was performed on Campbell’s remains Tuesday morning.

“Autopsy results are being reviewed by our detectives and we should be able to release some information on those findings sometime today or tomorrow,” Rodriguez said Wednesday.

Police on Wednesday continued trying to find a motive for the deadly assault. Rodriguez said investigators did not consider it to be a domestic violence incident.

“They were acquaintances from mutual friendships they have with other people,” Rodriguez said.

Gordon-Kiker was booked into jail with an address on Stone Ridge Drive in Colbert.

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