Death of miss­ing New­ton man ruled homi­cide, two charged

The Covington News - - Front page - AM­BER PITTMAN apittman@cov­news.com

Two men have been ar­rested and charged with the death of miss­ing New­ton County man Gre­gory Ver­non Har­ris, whose burned body was found in the trunk of a car in Ful­ton County on July 14.

The At­lanta Po­lice De- part­ment’s Fugi­tive Unit of­fi­cers ar­rested An­drew Valentino Wil­son, 44, and Edgar Allen Hub­bard, 40, Thurs­day, charg­ing both men with murder and ar­son in the first de­gree. They were trans­ported to the Ful­ton County Jail where they re­main, with

no bond.

Har­ris, 49, was iden­ti­fied by the Ful­ton County Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner’s Of­fice through fin­ger­prints. His cause of death was listed as as­phyxia due to smoth­er­ing.

Har­ris had been re­ported miss­ing from his New­ton County home the day be­fore his body was found by the At­lanta Po­lice Depart­ment in a ve­hi­cle en­gulfed in flames.

The fam­ily mem­ber who filed a miss­ing per­sons re­port with the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice said that Har­ris nor­mally con­tacted his fam­ily daily. Af­ter sev­eral unan­swered mes­sages, she be­came wor­ried and went to his home where she re­port­edly found items scat­tered about.

At­lanta po­lice ini­tially found the burn­ing car in south­west At­lanta, and af­ter the fire was ex­tin­guished, At­lanta fire­fight­ers found a charred body inside the trunk.

Be­cause there is no clear crime scene in New­ton County, At­lanta po­lice will han­dle the homi­cide; how­ever, sher­iff’s of­fice Lt. Keith Crum said in an ear­lier story that his of­fice will co­op­er­ate fully with At­lanta in any way they may be needed dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Har­ris’ murder.

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