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March 13 – Gang Members Indicted for Five Alleged Murders, including the Murder of Businessman Shawntray Grant, after a Nine Month Investigation

By Lou Phelps, SBJ

March 13, 2019 – A nine-month investigation into the murder of Savannah businessman Shawntray Grant, the former owner of S&K Family Catering and a disc jockey service, has led to an indictment today by the Grand Jury that includes sever people and 108 counts.

The indictment includes five murders over a five year period, armed robbery and gang activity involving the seven Savannah residents, including the death of Shawntray Grant. 

Named in the indictment brought by District Atty Meg Heap’s office are:  Osha Dunta Dunham, Nelaunte Shanequa Grant, Jahonne Shakiel Manigo, Malik Javier McKenzie, Cordell Lenard Richardson, Donnell Ranad Richardson, and Jevon Monterion Williams.  Most of those named in the alleged charges are also named as being a member of either the Rollin’ 60 Crips gang or the Shady Park Crips gang. 

Dunham and Grant are named in the Shawntray Grant murder and armed robbery allegations

Grant was murdered in the early hours of June 15, 2018, after returning from an evening on the gambling boat that departs out of Brunswick, GA.  With him in the car that night were three friends, according to his family.  The murder shocked Savannah because Grant was one of the founders of ‘The Bullhorn Crew’ along with Detric Leggett and other Eastside Savannah church leaders.  The Bullhorn Crew would go to the scenes of crimes across the city - even in the middle of the night - to support the families, and encourage people not to retaliate.  Mr. Grant, known to many in the local media, was well respected, and his murder was considered particularly tragic in a summer that saw many deaths by gun violence across the city.

“I’m not relieved, but I’m hopeful that this will unite the Police Dept to put emphasis on ALL murders, as Puff would say,” said his friend Detric Leggett, who is a candidate for the District 2 seat on the Savannah City Council in November. 

Chief Roy Minter made it clear when he took over the police dept last fall, that solving Shawntray Grant’s murder case was a high priority. 

The individual or individuals who shot Mr. Grant were waiting for him outside his apartment on the city’s Eastside when he pulled up, on his return from Brunswick.  It was believed that he had $15,000 in cash on him from his winnings. 

Four of the people named in the indictment were alleged to have also murdered Rashamell Miller on July 8, 2018, three weeks later, as well, and shooting Virgil Wright that same evening. 

Dunham was a convicted felon, with charges back to 2014, including possession of an illegal firearm.  He is named in a 2013 murder in the alleged charges.  He is also charged with shooting another man on July 21, 2018 in Savannah. 

Chief Minter did not release an official statement, at this time, and the Savannah Police Dept. did not provide details yet on the murder of Grant and the others, based on their investigation.  

The case before the Grand Jury was brought by Bradley R. Thompson and Matthew A. Breedon, both Asst. District Attorneys for Chatham County.  

 

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