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Jonesboro man charged in killing of girlfriend

A Jonesboro man being treated in an Atlanta hospital for a self-inflicted gunshot wound has been charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend, said Clayton County police.

Charles Dewayne Walston, 38, is in intensive care at Grady Memorial Hospital after reportedly shooting himself in the roof of his mouth, Sept. 26.

Police Sgt. Otis Willis, III, said Walston first shot Balvina Santiago-Denava, 38, in the head with a .32-caliber handgun.

Santiago-Denava's 13-year-old daughter called 911, Monday, just after 5 a.m., to report the shooting. The mother of three was found dead in a large pool of blood on the floor of her kitchen on Daley Court near Morrow, said Willis.

Walston was 5 feet away with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, he said. No one else was reported injured.

Clayton Magistrate Court records show the couple was together less than a year and Santiago-Denava had tried to get away from Walston. She got a 30-day temporary protective order against him in November, according to court records.

Santiago-Denava told the court, at that time, that Walston punched her, held her against her will in her home and took her phone away to keep her from calling 911.

When she did not attend a December hearing, the protective order expired.

Magistrate Court records also show that Santiago-Denava filed papers to evict Walston twice this year, once in March and again in August. Both times, the cases were dismissed, according to court records.

The arrest warrant alleges that Walston's legal wife, Salamon Nava, has also been trying to end her relationship with him.

Walston was released on parole in April 2005, from a Georgia prison, after serving three years for possession of methamphetamine. His parole is due to end in May. Walston’s address on record with the parole office is in Jonesboro.