Macon police charged Akobeyan Denzel Howard on Wednesday morning in connection with the July 2011 slaying of Alfred Smith.
Howard, 19, of Culver Street, was detained in a traffic stop conducted by the Jones County Sheriffs Office at 11:15 a.m. Law enforcement agencies were acting on numerous tips provided by many sources, according to a Macon Police Department news release. Howard was charged with one count of felony murder.
Howard is the second person charged in Smiths murder. Police initially charged Martin Kintray Kendall, 30, of Kingsbury Drive, who had already been in jail on an unrelated burglary and probation violation charges. Kendall is still in the Bibb County jail.
Smith was found shot multiple times outside Wings Café on July 25, 2011, inside his silver Nissan Maxima with the engine running and the front passenger door window shot out.
He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead an hour later.
MPD officers never give up on cases, Macon Police Chief Mike Burns said in the release. This arrest, dating back to a 2011 murder, demonstrates the commitment of our investigators to continue pursuing leads and tips long after the trail grows cold. ... Im extremely proud that this arrest was made. Our thanks to every agency that participated in this case, and to the Jones County Sheriffs Office for the arrest.
Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.