published Friday, November 1st, 2013

Iowa troopers capture Georgia murder suspect

GLENWOOD, Iowa — An armed 25-year-old man wanted on a murder arrest warrant from Georgia has been captured in western Iowa.

Iowa State Patrol troopers say they took 25-year-old Courtni Thomas into custody without incident around 5 p.m. Thursday. His vehicle had been stopped about four miles north of the Glenwood exit on Interstate 29. Georgia authorities who were tracking Thomas' cellphone signal alerted the Iowa patrol when his vehicle crossed from Missouri into Iowa.

A handgun was found in the car.

Georgia authorities say Thomas, of Hapeville, is suspected in the slaying of 23-year-old Shevonta Hardwick. Her body was found Thursday morning at an apartment in Hapeville, an Atlanta suburb.

A Mills County jailer said Thomas remained in custody on Friday, pending a hearing on his return to Georgia.

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