A woman who was questioned in connection with an Athens man’s suspicious Oct. 2 death was free on bond from an arrest last month on drug and burglary charges, according to court documents.
The documents were filed in Clarke County Superior Court last week, the day after the death of 41-year-old Jovan Shanta Campbell, who witnesses told police died after he was struck in the head with a baseball bat by a woman with whom he was having a verbal altercation at his home on Park Ridge Court.
Despite statements by eyewitnesses, an autopsy found no indications Campbell died from a blow to the head by a bat, according to police. An officer who responded to a 911 call noted in a police report that when viewing Campbell’s body he “did not notice any major signs of injury or blood on him.”
The woman who allegedly hit Campbell with a bat was identified as 26-year-old Brittany Gordon-Kiker of Madison County. She was arrested on a criminal trespass charge the same day as Campbell’s death so that she could be questioned. Police were able to obtain the warrant because they were told by witnesses at the crime scene that she had not been invited into (Campbell’s) house and refused to leave despite Campbell telling her to do so.
When Gordon-Kiker was indicted by a grand jury on Oct. 3, she was charged with second-degree burglary and possession of methamphetamine. She and a male accomplice allegedly broke into and stole items from a rental storage unit on Hull Road. She also had meth on her when arrested, according to the indictment.
Various documents pertaining to a person’s arrest are not filed with the court until he or she is indicted. Gordon-Kiker’s indictment was filed Oct. 3 in Clarke County Superior Court, along with arrest warrants and bond information.
According to court documents, Gordon-Kiker was released Sept. 1 from the Clarke County Jail upon posting a $1,500 bond. Following her recent arrest, Gordon-Kiker remains in the Clarke County Jail on the trespass charge.
Detectives are waiting for a complete autopsy report, which will include results from toxicology tests, before determining whether Gordon-Kiker was somehow responsible for Campbell’s death, police said.