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24-year-old to face grand jury on murder charges

By Daniel Silliman

dsilliman@news-daily.com

More than a month after a 21-year-old man was shot to death in an argument, detectives still don't know what the argument was about.

Testifying at a probable cause hearing Tuesday, Clayton County Police Detective Scott Eskew said none of the witnesses to the shooting "can put their hands on exactly what was the issue. It may have been an issue going back a month, may have been nothing more than jealousy."

According to Eskew's investigation, Kelvin White, Jr., 24, and Terrell Favors, 22, got into a verbal argument in the middle of the afternoon on April 30, in Ellenwood.

White, who has a child with Favors' sister, had argued with Favors before. The two men took the dispute outside, Eskew said, and were joined by Favors' younger brother, 21-year-old Tybias Favors.

White allegedly pulled a .40-caliber gun from his back, right pocket and shot each brother once, Tybias Favors in the chest and Terrell Favors in the stomach, then drove away.

"They tried to get back into the house," Eskew said. "The door had been shut behind them. They were banging on the door, trying to get in ... They collapsed, just inside the door."

Tybias Favors died during surgery that evening. Terrell is expected to survive, but remains at Atlanta Medical Center.

Shiana Harris, 26, told police it was White, her boyfriend and the father of her child, who shot her two brothers.

A neighbor told police he walked to a window, hearing loud voices, Eskew said. From 40 yards away, the neighbor said he saw White pull a gun from his pocket and shoot the two brothers.

White was arrested on charges of murder, aggravated assault, and various weapons charges. During the probable cause hearing on Tuesday afternoon, the homicide detective emphasized that the evidence would not support any claims of self-defense.

"There were words exchanged. There was no fight," he said.

"Were you able," asked Charles Evans, the attorney representing White, "to figure out what the fight was about?"

"No," Eskew said. "Well, let me revise that: Someone heard the phrase, 'Say what [racial epithet]?' and then, boom, boom."

Magistrate Court Judge Bobby Simmons said there was probable cause to charge White with murder. The case was bound over to Superior Court, where White will face indictment by a grand jury.