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Grand jury increases charges against teen

By Daniel Silliman

dsilliman@news-daily.com

A teen arrested on allegations of manslaughter and reckless conduct has been charged, by a county grand jury, with murder.

Makonnen Kamali Sheran, a 19-year-old from Riverdale, allegedly shot 18-year-old Anthony Godoy in the head with a .45-caliber gun on June 2, 2007, in Godoy's driveway.

Clayton County detectives originally didn't think Sheran meant to kill his friend, but the district attorney's office, reviewing the case to bring it to the grand jury for indictment, upped the charges.

Sheran was accused of murder, felony murder and weapons charges on Wednesday. He faces a maximum possible sentence of life in prison.

According to the indictment, there was intent and criminal behavior when Sheran allegedly "did cause the death of Anthony Godoy, a human being, by shooting Anthony Godoy in the head with a deadly weapon, to wit: a pistol."

The gun, a Tarus, .45-caliber ACP handgun, belonged to Godoy, according to Clayton County Police Detective Renan Lopez, who headed the investigation.

In Lopez's arrest warrant application, the detective wrote that Sheran, Godoy and a 17-year-old were together, sitting in a black Nissan Altima in Godoy's Riverdale driveway, smoking marijuana.

Godoy was sitting in the back seat, playing with the gun, according to the 17-year-old's statements to police. Sheran was sitting in front of Godoy.

Godoy, the 17-year-old told detectives, pointed the loaded gun at Sheran's head, and that made Sheran mad. They were, the 17-year-old said, "playing around."

Sheran got out of the car, went to urinate behind a bush, and came back to the Nissan and tried to get the gun away from Godoy, according to the warrant affidavit.

Sheran confirmed the 17-year-old's account. He allegedly told police he came back to the car and "he reached for the pistol on Godoy's lap, in order to take it away from Godoy and toss it in a trash can," Lopez wrote.

When police arrived, on June 2, Godoy had been shot once in the head. The bullet entered on the right side, just above the 18-year-old's ear.

According to Lopez's warrant affidavit application, Sheran was reckless, "knowingly grabbing a loaded Tarus pistol from Godoy's lap," and killed the 18-year-old without meaning too.

The grand jury, though, saw intent in the evidence.

Sheran, who has a $25,000 bond with a 7 p.m., curfew, will face arraignment next.