A used car salesman is on the run after he hired a hit man to kill his ex-girlfriend last month following a breakup, authorities in Georgia said.
On Dec. 9, witnesses told Gwinnett County police a masked man entered Royal Court Motors in Snellville and fatally shot 34-year-old Courtney Owens while she was working.
Police said the man, identified as 23-year-old Wesley Conrad Vickers, fled the scene.
The shooting victim’s mother claimed her daughter was able to give police the the name of the shooter prior to dying.
“Right before her last breath, she said his name,” Andrea Owens told Atlanta News First.
Vickers was taken into custody in early January and was being held without bond on charges of malice and felony murder as well as aggravated assault, online jail records show.
Police believe the victim’s former boyfriend, Stoney Williams, 41, arranged the alleged hit.
“Williams and Owens previous relationship was ending and they had been business partners and were separating assets,” police officials told McClatchy News.
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Following the shooting, Williams disappeared and is currently wanted for felony and malice murder, and aggravated assault.
“I loved my daughter and a part of me is gone. I miss her every day,” Andrea Owens said of the victim. “She was a great impact on society and I’m her next of kin. She had a 12-year-old son and you know he’s without a mother.”
She added: “My daughter was an entrepreneur, she earned it, she worked hard, and she was a good girl.”
Anyone with information about Williams’ whereabouts is asked to call (770) 513-5300. Information can also be provided anonymously by calling CrimeStoppers at (404) 577-TIPS.
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