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Police search continues for second murder suspect

18-year-old Tray Thomas (Source: Columbus Police Department) 18-year-old Tray Thomas (Source: Columbus Police Department)

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | email | Twitter

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  It has been one week since 18-year-old Gerald Hatchett's body was found in an East Highland Street after he was shot to death. Now police have one of the people they believe is responsible, while the other is on the run.

For the past week Columbus Police have been piecing together the puzzle that will lead them to solving Hatchett's murder. Hatchett was the victim to a drive-by shooting Labor Day night.

One of the suspects, and the man police say was driving the car, is 21-year-old Marquise Roberts. He plead not guilty in Recorder's Court Tuesday.  Roberts is already being held in the Muscogee County Jail, facing murder charges.
[Read: Teen murdered in Columbus on Labor Day; Suspect arrested]

The man police haven't caught yet, is 18-year-old Tray Thomas. They believe Thomas was a passenger in Robert's car and the shooter. [Read: Man wanted for alleged Labor Day killing]

At the young age of 18, this is not the first time Thomas has been in trouble with the law. In November of 2009 he was arrested and charged with obstruction of an officer, loitering and prowling and in that same month was arrested for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

And just a few months ago, Thomas was charged with another drug charge: possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

While conducting their investigation, Columbus Police have discovered Tray Thomas spends time in the East Highland neighborhood and sometimes near Hodges Drive in Columbus.

Thomas has been on the run since the shooting, and police are hoping to put him behind bars soon.

The driver, Roberts, is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday morning. If Tray Thomas is captured before that appearance, he will be in court as well.

Columbus Police need your help finding Tray Thomas and if you have any information on his whereabouts you are asked to call them at (706) 653-3400.

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