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Georgia Police Searching For Man Who Allegedly Killed Girlfriend In Murder-For-Hire

Police allege that Stoney Williams paid Wesley Vickers to kill Courtney Owens because they co-ran a car dealership and he wanted the business all to himself.

By Christina Coulter
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Authorities are seeking a Georgia man accused of hiring a hitman to kill his girlfriend.

Courtney Owens, 34, was shot dead around 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 9  in Snellville, the Gwinnett County Police Department wrote in a press release.

Police believe that a man forced Owens to her knees before executing her in the office of Royal Court Motors, a used car business where she worked, according to reporting by NBC Atlanta affiliate WXIA-TV, and witnesses said they saw a masked man with a rifle leave the dealership after the shooting. Owens was pronounced dead at the scene by responding officers.

Last month, the department arrested 23-year-old Wesley Vickers and charged him with felony murder, malice murder and aggravated assault, according to Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB. Police allege he was the triggerman in the murder. He was booked at the Gwinnett County Detention Center without bail on Jan.6, according to online jail records.

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But authorities are now searching for Stoney Williams, 41, who they suspect hired Vickers. Williams was Owens' boyfriend and business partner, but authorities allege he arranged for her murder because he was breaking up with her and wanted sole ownership of the dealership, WXIA reported.

Police interviewed Williams at the scene in the wake of Owens’ death, but now that they consider him a suspect, they are unable to locate him, WXIA reported.

He likewise faces charges for felony murder, malice murder and aggravated assault, according to WSB.

Williams’ last known location was in Conyers, Georgia.

Police said he has used several aliases: Sherrod Eric Henry, Jaheim Lamar, Lawrence Tyrell Robinson, X Superman, Alvin Marcus Williams, Stanley Williams, Stanley Lamar Williams, Stoney Williams, Stoney L. Williams, Stoney Lamar Williams, Stoney Lee Williams and Stony David Williams. 

Williams was listed as Owens' fiancé in her obituary last month, according to WXIA. Before Vickers' arrest, he reportedly made a tribute page for the slain woman on Facebook, including photos of the pair together on vacations, and called her an "angel on earth."

Oxygen.com could not reach the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department for updates at press time.

Detectives ask anyone who can help them find Williams to call Gwinnett County Police at 770-513-5300. Tipsters can reach out anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS or by visiting www.stopcrimeATL.com.