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College student Anitra Gunn was strangled by boyfriend, warrant says

A warrant issued for DeMarcus Little reveals new details into Anitra Gunn's death.

FORT VALLEY, Ga. — New details in the Anitra Gunn case now offer more clues into how the college student from Atlanta died.

A warrant from Crawford County says that Gunn's boyfriend DeMarcus Little strangled her on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, across from Greer Road, near the Peach-Crawford County line. 

Her body was found four days later, in a wooded area just off Greer Road. Authorities said that her body was partially covered, as if "someone tried to hide it." An official cause of death has not yet been determined, pending the results of an autopsy.

Little has since been charged with malice murder in connection to Gunn's death, a charge that carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years and is punishable by death. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation made the announcement Friday

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While authorities did officially link Little to Gunn's death, the GBI did not outline what new evidence came to light that led them to that conclusion, including whether Little acted alone and how Gunn's body was found.

Gunn attended Westlake High School in Atlanta and was a senior agriculture student at Fort Valley State University in the Macon area. She was reported missing on Valentine's Day, Friday, after her father asked for a welfare check to be conducted at her home. 

Authorities mounted an intense search for her, but it came to a tragic ending Tuesday, Feb. 18 after her body was found in the woods.

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Authorities named Little as their primary person of interest in the case soon after Gunn's body was found. Though he was not initially charged in her death, he was arrested the same day for charges of vandalism and criminal damage to property after a police report filed by Gunn outlines how he allegedly threw a brick through her window and slashed the tires on her car the week before her disappearance. 

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He was granted a $10,000 bond during a Feb. 21 court appearance related to those charges, but failed to post bond before the murder charge was brought, just hours later. 


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