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Involuntary manslaughter charge upgraded to murder in son’s death

JONESBORO — A man charged last year with involuntary manslaughter was indicted for murder exactly a year after his son died from a gunshot wound to his head.

Clayton County police arrested Clarence Jenkins Jr., 40, in 2012 and charged him with involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of his son, Chavarious Jenkins, 22.

Jenkins died Nov. 13, 2012, two days after being shot in the head. A Clayton County grand jury upgraded the charge against his father to murder exactly a year later.

He faces two counts of felony murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

The older man was released on $75,000 bond but could be rearrested on the new charges and be required to seek another bond.

Police said the older man was intoxicated when he argued with his son at their home on Chapman Street in Jonesboro. The two men began pushing each other and Clarence Jenkins went outside to cool down, police said.

When he returned, he picked up a Glock .40-caliber handgun, purportedly to show his son the weapon and to talk to him, police said.

Jenkins reportedly told police that he and his son were standing face to face in the family room when his son started to fall backward. Jenkins allegedly tried to grab his son to stop his fall and they began to fall together.

Jenkins told police the gun went off as the two fell. His son was shot just above the eye and was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where he died two days later.

In other indictments:

• Robert Atland Bellamy, 24, of Hampton was indicted for armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault, three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, driving on a suspended license and hit and run.

Police said an armed Bellamy stole beer from BP Gas Station Sept. 11 and hit a tree with his car after leaving the store and failed to notify the owner. He is being held in the Clayton County Jail.

• Charles Edward Bailey III, 28, faces a 10-count indictment of charges including aggravated assault, battery under the Family Violence Act, third degree child cruelty, pointing a pistol at another and leaving the scene of an accident.

Police said Bailey beat Britteney Washington, the mother of his children, May 16 in front of those children and pointed a gun at Maurice Dean. Police allege Bailey also hit Dean’s car and a car belonging to Mayln Teah and left without providing his contact information.

According to Clayton County court records, Bailey has a history that includes charges of riot, obstruction of an officer, reckless conduct, discharging a firearm, carrying a pistol without a license and battery under the Family Violence Act.

• Nearly seven years to the day that he was released from a Georgia prison, a Decatur man was indicted in Clayton County for allegedly beating up two women.

Alfred Tarell Foster, 42, is being held in the Clayton County Jail in connection with the June 14, 2012, alleged incident. He faces 13 counts of simple battery, battery, aggravated battery, child cruelty and reckless conduct.

Police said he beat up Sonja Wilson by hitting her in the face, head and body and dragging her on the ground. Police said Foster also beat up Brittany Butler, causing her to lose an eye.

Foster allegedly pulled Wilson from a moving car, which nearly rolled over London Foster, a child under 18.

According to Georgia Department of Corrections, Foster served more than two years on a Douglas County conviction of aggravated assault, child cruelty, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and simple battery charges. He was released Nov. 14, 2006.

All defendants should be considered innocent until proven guilty.