Cops: Wife kills former pro boxer in self-defense

A 37-year-old Gwinnett County woman isn’t expected to face charges in the shooting death of her husband — a former professional boxer — early Tuesday, police said.

Investigators believe Kia Yvette Jeffries was acting in self-defense when she shot Earnest Mahir Abdul-Mateen, 46, around 4:40 a.m. at the Extended Stay Deluxe, near Duluth, Cpl. Jake Smith with Gwinnett police said.

Officers arriving at the Venture Drive hotel found Jeffries outside with serious injuries to her head and face, Smith said. Jeffries, who was living at the extended stay, told officers she had shot her husband.

Abdul-Mateen had been shot and was lying in a hallway, but was able to tell officers he had been shot, according to police. Both Jeffries and Abdul-Mateen were transported to the hospital, where he later died.

Homicide detectives were assigned to the case, but no charges are pending, Smith said. The case remains under investigation.

“They determined that Abdul-Mateen used a handgun to hit Jeffries repeatedly, until he was exhausted,” Smith said. “At that point, Jeffries managed to turn the gun on Abdul-Mateen and pull the trigger.”

At the time of the shooting, Abdul-Mateen had active warrants against him from the Dunwoody Police Department for false imprisonment and battery stemming from a prior incident with Jeffries, Smith said.

Abdul-Mateen, who boxed under the name Ernest Mateen, retired from the sport in 2006 with a 30-12 record, according to He previously held light heavyweight and cruiserweight titles.

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