A 21-year-old man has been charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend, Georgia State University student Silling Man. Emmett Davis was arrested on warrants for aggravated assault and felony murder and booked into the Gwinnett County Jail, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Man’s body was found inside a vacant restaurant at the Gwinnett Place Mall in Duluth, Georgia in December–a grisly mall discovery during the busy holiday shopping season.
Man is believed to have been killed two weeks prior to the discovery of her body. Police suspect she was killed there in the vacant eatery.
What police don’t know is why either Davis or Man were at the mall.
Asphyxiation was the likely cause of death, according to reports.
Man’s chest was “restricted to the point where she couldn’t breathe, as if someone sat on her,” Sgt. Jake Smith, a Gwinnett County police spokesman, told the AJC.
Man’s body was decomposed but an autopsy did not reveal significant amounts of drugs or alcohol in her system.
Man had previously ran away from home, reportedly as a result of her relationship with Davis, according to reports.
Davis and Man reportedly were living in nearby hotels prior to her death.
Man was a scholarship student at GSU.