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Macon County homicide suspect arrested in Columbus

Published: Jan. 4, 2022 at 1:01 PM EST
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - An east Alabama man has been arrested for his alleged involvement in a Macon County homicide.

Authorities say 27-year-old Brandon Howard, of Shorter, was arrested Monday in Columbus by the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office Drug, Gang and Fugitive Task Force with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Task Force.

Macon County authorities say the homicide happened on New Year’s Day at a gas station in Shorter. Howard was developed as a suspect shortly after the incident, according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA).

The victim has been identified as 28-year-old Xavier Smith, also of Shorter.

“Unfortunately, Mr. Howard didn’t get the message that Muscogee County is no longer a safe haven for fugitives,” said Sheriff Greg Countryman. “Fortunately, for the residents of Muscogee County, the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office has a posse of deputies who are assigned to the pursuit of individuals like Mr. Howard. With over 100 fugitive arrests from January 2021 to December 2021, they understand the assignment.”

Howard was arrested without incident and transported to the Muscogee County Jail, pending extradition to Macon County.

The case will be turned over to the Macon County District Attorney’s Office once ALEA completes its investigation.

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