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Suspected killer returned to Liberty County
Jason Howard accused of killing mother, stepfather
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Jason Howard - photo by Macon Police photo
Suspected killer Jason Howard was brought back to Liberty County about 2 p.m. Monday after a two-week stay at the Macon jail.
Howard is accused of killing his mother and stepfather, Mildred and Jewel Cleveland, at their Gum Branch home in March 2004. Authorities believe he continued to live at the house and even cared for the family pet before going on the lam in May.
Cadaver dogs were used to discover the bodies in a shallow grave inside a shed in June of that year.
According to Liberty County Chief Deputy Keith Moran and Capt. Dennis Davis LCSO, deputies picked up Howard in Bibb County and brought him here without any incidents.
Howard was on the run for five years until a Macon police officer noticed a man allegedly breaking into vehicles at a car rental agency on March 27. The man was later identified as Howard based on his fingerprints.
Howard’s story was featured several times on America’s Most Wanted. Family and friends have described him as a troubled man who spent some time in a mental institution for schizophrenia.
Howard faces two counts of felony murder and is scheduled to go before a magistrate judge Wednesday morning at Liberty County Regional Jail for his first appearance hearing.
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