After year on the run, murder suspect arrested by Atlanta police during traffic stop

Eddie Laye is charged with murder in a November 2019 shooting.

Eddie Laye is charged with murder in a November 2019 shooting.

A man who was on the Atlanta Police Department’s “Most Wanted List” for more than a year in connection with a fatal shooting at a convenience store was arrested Wednesday.

Eddie Laye, 35, was booked and charged with the murder of Dexter Willis on Westview Drive in November 2019, according to police.

On Wednesday around 5:20 a.m., an officer observed a vehicle run a red light while traveling east on Campbellton Road. After stopping the car, the driver immediately attempted to exit the vehicle after being told repeatedly to stay inside, according to police. Due to the odd behavior, officers decided to detain him.

Police said Laye provided several false names during questioning before he was eventually identified and booked into the Fulton County Jail, where he remains without bond.

He was wanted in the Nov. 2, 2019 shooting of Willis at Westview Grocery in the 1000 block of Westview Drive. When officers arrived on that scene, they found the victim with a gunshot wound to his chest. Willis was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead.

Store surveillance video showed Willis and Laye arguing before the suspect pulled out a handgun, fired a single shot at Willis’ chest and fled the scene, according to the police report.

In addition to the murder charge, Laye is now charged with several other offenses, including driving under the influence and reckless driving.