Murder arrests in burning car death

Police have arrested two men accused of killing a Covington man then stuffing his body into the trunk of his car and setting it afire in Atlanta.

Thursday, the Atlanta Police and U.S. Marshals arrested Edgar Allen Hubbard, 40, and Andrew Valentino Wilson, 44, and charged both men with murder and first-degree arson for the death of Gregory Vernon Harris.

Police said both men were caught in Cobb County.

Harris was reported missing from his Covington apartment on the evening of July 13.

The missing persons report hinted at trouble, and police have said there’s a possibility drugs were involved.

“His personal items were thrown around inside his residence,” a Newton County Sheriff’s Office incident report said.

Early the next morning, firefighters were called to extinguish a fully-engulfed car fire outside an abandoned home at 860 Westmont Road in southwest Atlanta.

A body was found in the trunk that was determined to be Harris, and authorities said the car belonged to him and he’d been suffocated to death.

Atlanta Police homicide unit commander Lt. Paul Guerrucci said it was “safe to say the motive was drugs and money.”

Both men remain in the Fulton County Jail without bond.

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