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Decade-old Albany murder may be solved with arrest

(Source: Dougherty Co. Sheriff) (Source: Dougherty Co. Sheriff)
The fugitives were featured on WALB's Most Wanted (Source: Dougherty Co. Sheriff) The fugitives were featured on WALB's Most Wanted (Source: Dougherty Co. Sheriff)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A man charged with a drive-by Albany murder 10 years ago is now in the Dougherty County Jail.

Neil Adam Smith, 41, was brought back from London, England by Federal Marshals overnight. He was charged with the murder of Cleveland Carter, in 2008 just off Magnolia Drive.

Investigators said Carter was driving in a car with another woman and child when he was shot by Smith and Yolanda Cleveland.

Police issued arrest warrants for Smith and Cleveland soon after the shooting, but they have been on the run for a decade.

The fugitives were featured on WALB's Most Wanted.

Smith, an English citizen, and Cleveland went to California and then on to England.

District Attorney Greg Edwards said it has been a lengthy process to extradite Smith to Albany. 

Cleveland is still in jail in London, continuing to fight extradition.

"There was a lot of work actually to get this done to get Mr. Neil Adam Smith brought back to face these allegations," said Edwards.  

According to court documents, Smith and Cleveland are accused of shooting Carter and they have been on the run for years, making the case a difficult one to close. 

"They had left the jurisdiction and literally a manhunt began for them," explained Edwards.  

Edwards said it wasn't until 2013 when U.S. Marshalls was able to catch up with both Smith and Cleveland in England due to international treaty laws. 

"It's guided by principles of treaties between us and the United Kingdom. So all of these things came together ultimately after an extended period of time to bring these charges forward," said Edwards.  

There were three branches of prosecutors who were able to finally crack the case.

"It required both the cooperation of my office and the office of the United States Attorney's both here and the counselor attorneys in England," Edwards explained.  

Smith has now been extradited back to the U.S. and is being held at the Dougherty County Jail. He and Cleveland have been charged with malice and felony murder along with eight other charges for a case that was in the dark for the last few years. 

The district attorney also said Cleveland appealed her extradition and remains in London for the time being. 

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