He allegedly lived a life of violent crime that spanned three states in the Deep South, as a member of the whites-only criminal group called the Ghostface Gangsters.
Now he is charged with murder as details emerge about his 6-month-old son who was found dead in a freezer earlier this month.
Carlton James Mathis, 28, was hit Monday with the murder charge. He and the baby's mother Amanda Gail Oakes, 36, were arrested after a shootout in Florida on June 5 and both charged with abuse of a corpse. Oakes was charged with manslaughter June 11, according to the Dothan Eagle in Alabama.
Mathis—who is a known member of the “Ghostface Gangsters,” according to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia—went on the run to Alabama with Mathis and their child last month because he was wanted on burglary and parole violation charges in Georgia.
The Ghostface Gangsters are a whites-only criminal group that originated in a Georgia prison in 2000 and then spread to other southern states, according to the Rome News-Tribune in Georgia. A federal case in March charged that more than 20 of its members had conspired to commit murder and traffic drugs.
After arriving in Alabama, Oakes allegedly returned to Georgia to pick up her teenage daughter. Mathis stayed with the baby at an InTown Suites hotel in Dothan. Mathis called her at some point to say the baby had died. Oakes allegedly returned and spent the night with the baby’s body, according to the Eagle.
After ditching the body in the freezer of their hotel room, the crazed couple fled to Florida. They allegedly shopped at Walmart on their way out of town.
Cops tracked Oakes and Mathis to an apartment complex in Bronson, Florida. Mathis drew a gun when police approached him. A SWAT team member shot him four times, but Mathis recovered in a local hospital.
The couple allegedly told cops where to find the baby’s body. It had been in the freezer five or six days, according to the Gainesville Times in Georgia.
“It is believed that the child was deceased prior to being placed in the freezer, however foul play is suspected,” Dothan police said in a statement. Investigators haven’t said how they believe Mathis murdered the child.
Mathis is jailed in Florida on $1 million bond for aggravated assault with a firearm, possessing methamphetamines and other charges. He will be extradited to Alabama for the murder charges after his cases are resolved in Florida, according to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office in Florida. Oakes is in jail in Alabama on $250,000 bond.
The child, who shared his father’s first name, was buried in Georgia last week.
[Photo: Levy County Jail]