Savannah’s City Council, which has recently tilted 5-4 in favor of blacks, reportedly squabbles endlessly along racial lines, egged on by a black mayor who has said things such as “it’s our turn” and that he wants a city manager who “looks like me.” A local reporter calls Savannah “A diverse and divided city.”
A Savannah man has been charged with murder in the death of a woman found in a burning car Sept. 30.
Shan Demetrius Cheley, 36, who lives in the Skidaway Road-Eisenhower Drive area, was charged in the death of Amber DeLoach, 18.
Cheley has been detained in the Chatham County jail on other charges since Oct. 4 as Savannah-Chatham police homicide detectives pored through forensic evidence. He was held on contempt of court charges and possession of cocaine.
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The Savannah man charged with murdering 18-year-old Amber DeLoach has a criminal history stemming back to 1996 and has served multiple sentences for charges that include cruelty to children, aggravated assault, burglary and selling cocaine, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections.
Shan Demetrius Cheley, 36, who lives in the Skidaway Road-Eisenhower Drive area, was previously housed at the Coastal Transitional Center before being released in 2008 after serving about four years for aggravated assault, among other charges.
Speaking during a press conference on Tuesday, Savannah-Chatham police Chief Willie Lovett said it is frustrating when repeat offenders such as Cheley are released back onto the street.
“Some people just need to be locked up,” Lovett said. “They are not going to change.”
Lovett said the investigation into DeLoach’s death is ongoing and provided few new details about the case, a day after Cheley was charged with murdering the former St. Vincent’s Academy student and Islands High School alumna.
Lovett said DeLoach met Cheley downtown in an outdoor public place and befriended him the day before firefighters found her body inside a burning car on Sept. 30 in the Yamacraw Village area, but he refused to divulge more about the circumstances surrounding the meeting or where it occurred.
“There are some things that we are still checking into,” Lovett said. “I don’t want to get into the depth of the investigation, but those questions will be answered.”