SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Indictments have been handed down in the death of a Savannah community activist.
WTOC reviewed the 108-count indictment from the Chatham County Courthouse on Wednesday.
Shawntray Grant’s friends and family were begging for justice at a candlelight vigil back in June. Now, close friend, Shante Brown, says they need the trial for answers.
"Just waiting for the trial just like his family just to see if we can get an in-depth answer as to why. Like Why? That is the biggest question ever,” Brown said.
Osha Dunham and Nelaunte Grant are both charged with Shawntray’s murder. Despite the same last names, to Brown’s knowledge, Nelaunte Grant is not related to Shawntray.
This large indictment includes charges in the deaths of four other separate murder victims.
Dunham is also charged in the death of Robert Lee Jr. and Ardearrin Jefferson. Cordell Richardson is charged in the death of Eric Cooley. Jevon Williams is charged in the death of Jernard Burton.
"I'm glad that not only Puff's family get justice, but I'm glad the other families could receive a little closure to their children's murders,” Brown said.
Six of the seven defendants in this indictment are believed to be gang members in the “Rollin 60s Crips” and “Shady Park Crips”. These individuals face charges including murder, the street gang and terrorism act, robbery, aggravated assault and other felonies.
Police say Osha Dunham, Nelaunte Grant, Cordell and Donnell Richardson, Malik McKenzie and Jevon Williams have all been arrested.
Jahonne Manigo is still wanted.
According to the indictment, investigators believe Shawntray Grant was robbed at gunpoint and shot. Grant was a community activist who spoke out against gun violence. He was killed outside of a Savannah apartment complex in June.
"He fought with his words. He fought with his bullhorn. He didn’t go out and fight physically. He didn’t go out pulling guns on people,” Brown said.
The Savannah Police Department held a news conference at 9 a.m. Thursday morning to address these indictments. During the conference, Chief Roy Minter said they could not have done this without the support of the community and he is proud of the hard work and dedication the detective put into the case.
"If you commit these crimes in our community, no matter how long it takes, we will continue to relentlessly pursue you and continue to work as hard as we can and do whatever we can to keep these cases moving forward and move forward with prosecuting these cases," said Minter.
Minter also acknowledged the partnerships of the Violent Crimes Unit, the Forensics Unit, the Gang Unit, the District Attorney’s Office and our federal partners that worked together in these cases.
“As the Chief, I can tell you I am extremely proud of the outstanding work these investigators accomplished during this investigation, and I sincerely hope that this sends a clear message throughout our community that we will not tolerate illegal gang, guns or drugs activity in our community,” Minter said. “We want people to understand that if you commit these crimes in our community, no matter how long it takes, we will continue to relentlessly pursue you and continue to work as hard as we can and do whatever we can to keep these cases moving forward and move forward with prosecuting these cases.”
If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Jahonne Manigo, you are asked to contact police or CrimeStoppers right away.
The attorney for the family of Shawntray Grant released the following statement on Thursday regarding the indictments in Grant’s case.
“The family of Shawntray Grant wishes to thank members of law enforcement for their hard work on this case and the community for their support following his death. Shawntray worked diligently to make Savannah a better place. He rallied for causes and wanted to ensure peace and harmony for our community. While nothing can bring him back, Shawntray’s family is thankful that those who took his life will be held accountable.” - Chadrick Mance, attorney for the family of Shawntray Grant.