Suspect arrested a year after a man was found shot to death in a car, Georgia cops say

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Source: Chatham County Detention Center; MEGA

Nov. 3 2021, Published 5:09 p.m. ET

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A man has been charged in connection to a fatal Georgia shooting nearly a year after the victim was found dead, police said.

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Around 11 p.m. on Nov. 23, 2020, Savannah police responded to a crash and found Kareem Smalls suffering from gunshot wounds. Smalls was known as “Free Lunch Baby,” and he was taken to the hospital, where he died from his injuries, authorities said.

Detectives determined the shooting happened at a nearby block, Savannah police said.

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Various investigators continued to work the case and determined Dyanta Samuels, 24, was a suspect. Investigators have not revealed what led them to name Samuels as a suspect or a motive in the killing.

Samuels was arrested on Nov. 1.

Police charged Samuels with murder and he was already being held at the Chatham County Detention Center in connection to a drug case from August.

“As a result of their hard work and dedication to this case and their commitment to the Smalls’ family, this case resulted in an arrest. A number of things contributed to a successful outcome in this investigation, including multiple people coming forward with information. We encourage the public to reach out to us with any information in any possible crime in this city. A tiny piece of information has the potential to bring closure to victims, or in this case, a grieving family,” Chief Roy Minter said.

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