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Man jailed in 2011 shooting

JONESBORO — More than two years after police said he shot and killed his girlfriend, a Griffin man is in Clayton County Jail on a murder charge.

Clayton County police said Charles Dewayne Walston, now 40, turned the gun on himself after shooting Balvina Santiago-Denava, 38, in the head with a .32-caliber handgun Sept. 26, 2011.

The mother of three was found dead in a pool of blood on the floor of her kitchen in Morrow and Walston was five feet away with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, said police.

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 2010, according to 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 2010 hearing, the protective order expired.

Magistrate Court records also show Santiago-Denava filed papers to evict Walston twice in the months before she died, once in March and again in August. Both times, the cases were dismissed, according to 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.

Police said Walston fired the weapon through the roof of his mouth and was in intensive care at Grady Memorial Hospital afterward.