Georgia Southern student from Decatur faces murder charge after shooting near campus

A Georgia Southern University student from Decatur was arrested Wednesday after being accused of a deadly shooting in Statesboro last week.

Wanya Malik Anthony, 24, was arrested by U.S. marshals on four felonies, including murder, in the death of 49-year-old Kenneth Emanuel Smith, Statesboro police said in a news release.

Just before noon last Friday, officers responded to a parking lot at The George apartments off Woodlands Drive and found Smith, who had been shot, the release said. The apartment complex is advertised exclusively to college students and is located near Georgia Southern's campus.

Smith died after being flown to a Savannah hospital.

Detectives were able to obtain a search warrant for a unit at The Hamptons apartments, which led to Anthony being named as the shooting suspect, the release said. That apartment complex is also advertised exclusively to students.

University officials confirmed that Anthony is listed as a current student.

Investigators obtained arrest warrants for felony murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime against Anthony. Several other drug-related warrants are also pending against Anthony, which are related to marijuana, Adderall, Oxycodone, Hydromorphone, MDMA and Alprazolam found in the Hamptons apartment.

Media Release Murder investigation update 4/1/20 On 3/27/20 at 1153 hours SPD patrol officers responded to a parking...

Posted by Statesboro Police Department on Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Anthony was booked into the Bulloch County Jail, where he remains without bond, according to online jail records. has reached out to the sheriff’s office to request his mug shot.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Statesboro police at 912-764-9911.

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