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Georgia man wanted on murder charge arrested during Clearwater traffic stop

CLEARWATER — A man wanted on a murder charge in Georgia was arrested by Clearwater police during a traffic stop Wednesday.

Quintavious D. Wilcher, 25, of Atlanta was taken into custody around 3 p.m. near Sunset Point Road and County Road 193, which is near the Paul B. Stephens Exceptional Education Center.

Wilcher was wanted on warrants for murder and armed robbery out of Fulton County, Ga., authorities said. According to the Fulton County Police Department, Wilcher was wanted in connection to the Nov. 20, 2010 slaying of a 37-year-old man. Ron Jerome Luttrell, of Atlanta, was shot three times in his Ford Escort at an apartment complex in College Park, police said.

Wilcher was also charged Wednesday with carrying a concealed weapon and felon in possession of a firearm after a loaded gun was found in the car, Clearwater police said.

Wilcher was a passenger in a 2004 Chevrolet Impala that was stopped for speeding, authorities said. Police said Wilcher pushed a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun into the trunk to hide it when police approached.

Police seized the gun and the car and arrested another passenger, 25-year-old Wesley A. Harper, also of Atlanta, because he switched seats with the driver as police initiated the traffic stop. He was charged with obstruction.

The driver of the Chevy, an unidentified woman, was cited for driving without a valid license, police said.

Georgia man wanted on murder charge arrested during Clearwater traffic stop 10/13/11 [Last modified: Thursday, October 13, 2011 5:15pm]
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