Cops: Woman arrested after confessing to killing girlfriend in Smyrna motel room

Selena Caprice Kellum faces multiple charges, including murder.

Credit: Cobb County Sheriff's Office

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Selena Caprice Kellum faces multiple charges, including murder.

Credit: Cobb County Sheriff's Office

Police found a 24-year-old woman dead in a Smyrna motel room last month, and authorities said her girlfriend admitted to shooting her twice during what they described as a domestic dispute.

Selena Caprice Kellum, 23, was booked into jail Tuesday in Cobb County. She faces multiple charges, including murder, stemming from the death of Shai’Khia Strong.

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According to authorities, Kellum shot and killed Strong the afternoon of Dec. 22 at the InTown Suites Extended Stay Hotel in south Smyrna. She left Strong for dead and drove to her sister’s house in Biloxi, Mississippi, before surrendering to police, a warrant alleges.

Police said Kellum confessed to authorities in her hometown that she shot and killed her girlfriend at the motel on Highlands Parkway. A Cobb County magistrate issued the warrant for Kellum’s arrest Dec. 23.

Records show Smyrna police took her into custody Dec. 31 in Gulfport, Mississippi. She was booked into the Cobb County Adult Detention Center on Tuesday and was being held without bond Wednesday, according to a booking report.

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Kellum faces charges of felony murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, tampering with evidence and entering automobile or other motor vehicle with intention to commit theft or felony.

The arrest warrant alleges Kellum shot Strong twice with a Ruger 9mm handgun. One bullet struck Strong in the right cheek and the other hit her in the lower neck, according to the warrant. Investigators recovered one of the shell casings in the motel room, police said.

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