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POSTED: March 28, 2009 9:31 a.m.
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Mildred and Jewel Cleveland

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Jason Howard, who has been sought in connection with the shooting deaths of his mother and stepfather in Gum Branch in 2004, was captured in Macon, while trying to allegedly breaking into vehicles.

According to a press release issued by Macon Police, Howard was arrested at approximately 12:30 a.m. Friday. A Macon Police sergeant saw a man breaking into vehicles inside of the fenced area of Enterprise Rental at 2135 Riverside Drive. The man was caught inside a vehicle. He identified himself as Kevin Wayne Lewis. He was charged with two counts of entering auto, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of burglary tools.

Lewis's fingerprints matched those of Jason Morris Howard. Howard, 39, has been a fugitive from Liberty County since 2004. Howard was listed on America's Most Wanted. He was wanted for the murder of his parents in Gum Branch. Mildred and Jewel Cleveland who went missing in March of that year. Their bodies were discovered in a shallow grave in June 2004 on their property. Jason Morris Howard is being held in the Bibb County Jail on the Macon charges and for Liberty County Sheriff Office.

Howard faces two count of felony murder through the Liberty County sheriffs department.

The Clevelands' daughter, Jeweline Troha, was notified by the lead investigator Liberty County Sheriffs Detective, Capt. Dennis Davis Friday.Friday night she said she was relived Howard had been captured.
"It feels as if a load has been lifted off my shoulders and I will finally have closure. For years I often wondered if this day was going to come."
Troha said Davis planned going to Macon on Saturday morning to question Howard.


 

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