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AWOL murder suspect arrested in Cleveland

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CLEVELAND, BRADLEY COUNTY, TN. (WRCB) – A murder suspect wanted by the FBI is behind bars in Bradley County Tuesday night.

A Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesperson tells Channel 3, Trooper Gray Gibson picked up 25-year-old Gerald Powers Vern near mile marker 25 around 3:15 p.m.

Trooper Gibson learned the suspect was wanted by the FBI for multiple felony charges and homicide in Bell County,Texas when he stopped Vern for speeding. 

Gibson also discovered the fugitive was AWOL from the U.S. Army.

A consent to search turned up hard drives, a computer, a telephone, a knife, and drug paraphernalia.

Vern was arrested and charged with being a fugitive from justice and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was also cited for speeding and financial responsibility. 

He awaits extradition at the Bradley County Jail.

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