4 indicted in Cobb gang beating, death

A Cobb County grand jury has indicted four men accused of the brutal beating of a man that led to his death in June.

Kemonta Deandre Bonds, 21, Jekari Oshay Strozier, 20, Antonio Shantwan Pass, 19, and Johnathan Donald Anthony, 18, are charged with malice murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, six counts of felony murder and four counts of violating Georgia’s criminal gang activity laws, prosecutors said.

The victim’s name was Joshua Chellew.

Police said Chellew flashed blue colors, signifying allegiance to the “Crips” street gang, when he encountered the four men at a gas station on Mableton Parkway in the early hours of June 30.

Authorities said Bonds, Strozier, Pass and Anthony, all black, are in the rival “Bloods” gang, and began punching and kicking Chellew, who is white. He retreated and eventually fell unconscious in the middle of the busy five-lane road.

An oncoming car struck the 36-year-old Chellew as he lay in Mableton Parkway, police said, and he later died at Grady Memorial Hospital.

All four suspects remain in the Cobb County jail, where they were being held without bond.

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