“It’s been a long journey,” his mother Donna Poe said. “I dreamed of this day, for the holidays, when my son would be here with me and my family. This is just such a happy day.”
Houston police learned that Carter had moved to Georgia.
As it happened, Atlanta Police Department officers arrested him at a Decatur Street pawn shop on Dec. 19 after they learned of outstanding warrants for a probation violation in Statesboro and a larceny charge in Louisiana, according to an Atlanta police incident report. Carter was a customer at the shop.
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Houston detectives soon interviewed Carter and say he "confessed to his role" in the Texas slaying. According to Houston's KPRC 2 news channel, Houston police documents say Carter claimed Aaron Scheerhoorn pulled the knife on him and that Scheerhoorn was "probably" stabbed as they struggled.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo issued a statement about the case.
“On behalf of the Houston Police Department, I want to extend an apology to Mr. Grant and his family as they have waited for justice all these years,” Acevedo said. “We firmly believe the charges being filed on this second suspect, now linked by DNA and additional testing, will help bring closure to the families of Mr. Grant and Mr. Scheerhoorn.”
Efforts to reach relatives of Carter and to find out if he has an attorney haven’t been successful. As of Tuesday, Carter was in the Bulloch County jail, where he was transported on the Statesboro charge, and is awaiting extradition to Texas.
Grant was overjoyed to spend the holidays with his family for the first time in nine years.
“I’m just living my best life,” he told KPRC 2. “It’s a wonderful feeling to be home with your family, enjoying Christmas.”
Grant is soon to start a job at a factory and hopes to go to school for a degree in film production.