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Valentine's drive-by killers still loose

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Lt. Antonio Fletcher of the Albany Police Dept. Lt. Antonio Fletcher of the Albany Police Dept.
Smith and Cleveland, who had ties to Miami, skipped town Smith and Cleveland, who had ties to Miami, skipped town
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Six years after deadly Valentine's Day drive-by in Albany, the man and woman accused of murdering a man in front of his children, remain on the run.   On Valentines Day 2008, at three o'clock in the afternoon, gunfire roared at the corner of West Gordon Avenue and South Magnolia Street in Albany.

A deadly drive-by hit.   "It's pretty bold. Obviously, these people had no remorse for this persons life or anyone else in that area," said  Lt. Antonio Fletcher of the Albany Police Dept.      

22-year-old Cleveland Carter was behind the wheel of a Lincoln Towncar when a Honda Civic pulled alongside and a gunman opened fire. Carter was shot dead in front of his girlfriend and two young children.  

"Two little girls. They seemed to be out just enjoying Valentine's Day. It makes you more angry because they were children. I have a child and children don't forget," said Fletcher.  

Police believe the triggerman was 36-year-old Neil Adam Smith. They say he and Carter had been in an argument prior the shooting. But Smith, detectives say, didn't act alone.  

"We learned that day he was with Yolanda Cleveland.  Ms. Cleveland was his girlfriend at the time."  

Smith and Cleveland, who had ties to Miami immediately skipped town, and for the past six years they've remained on the run. Police aren't sure where the couple is hiding or if they're still together, but leads continue to come in.

"They're some that we're working on to this day to bring these people to justice for what they did."   

Lt. Antonio Fletcher says he won't give up on this case - motivated by a promise he made to the victim's grandmother.   "I made her a promise I would get justice for her grandson. She has since passed away. I'm making it my business to keep promise."  

It's likely someone in Albany knows where Smith and Cleveland are right now. Police waiting for the call that will bring them to justice for this Valentine's Day murder.

 

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