Shawntray Grant's family, Savannah police respond to recent murder indictment


    SPD holds news conference to address indictments, including Shawntray Grant's murder (Katie Filling WTGS)

    Savannah police called a press conference Thursday to talk about the recent 108-count indictment against seven people for five murders.

    Two of those people are facing charges for the murder of beloved community activist Shawntray "Puff" Grant.

    Chief Roy Minter complimented the detectives for their hard work in solving these cases.

    He also thanked the community and said they couldn’t have done this without their input.

    He said they were devoted to getting justice for all victims, especially Shawntray Grant.

    "Although some people may have felt that we’ve been moving a little slow on this investigation, or that we were going to give up on this investigation, I can tell you that since I’ve been here there hasn’t been one day that there hasn’t been an investigator working on this case," said Minter.

    "As a community we were fed up and disgusted and for quite some time we said we were going to get justice for Puff. Certainly today is the beginning of that process," said Alderman Van Johnson.

    Johnson commended the Savannah Police Department in bringing justice for Grant.

    Police said they can't further discuss the cases because these are just grand jury indictments and they still have to go to court.

    The family released a statement through their attorney Charick Mance addressing the indictment and continuing work of the SPD.

    The family of Shawntray Grant wishes to thank members of law enforcement for their hard work on this case and the community for their support following his death.

    Shawntray worked diligently to make Savannah a better place. He rallied for causes and wanted to ensure peace and harmony for our community.

    While nothing can bring him back, Shawntray's family is thankful that those who took his life will be held accountable.

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