Suspect in fatal New Albany shooting identified

Suspect in fatal New Albany shooting identified
Updated: Jan. 25, 2017 at 6:58 PM EST
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Deante Alt'Lexus Williams (Source: Floyd County (IN) Prosecutors Office)
Deante Alt'Lexus Williams (Source: Floyd County (IN) Prosecutors Office)
Carla Shelton (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Carla Shelton (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Richard R. Cozart, Jr. (Source: Family photo)
Richard R. Cozart, Jr. (Source: Family photo)
Prosecutor Keith Henderson (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Prosecutor Keith Henderson (Source: WAVE 3 News)

NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) - Carla Shelton is a mother grieving the loss of her only son, a son she recently danced with at her wedding.

"I've had so much take from me," she cried.

Shelton said her son, Richard R. Cozart, Jr., has lots of friends and a love for music he never got to see through because of a drug problem.

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"He was an all-around good guy, he just had an addiction," she said.

Cozart was shot Jan. 18 on Erni Avenue.

A murder warrant has been issued for Deante Williams, 18, of Louisville. Williams also goes by Deante Baker.

Prosecutor Keith Henderson said Williams fired multiple times from a car he was in, into a car Cozart was in with two others. He said Cozart was shot in the back seat and dropped off at Baptist Health in Floyd County where he died.

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Henderson said of the law enforcement effort to find Williams, "It's important that we have a unified approach to this, it's important that we deal with this swiftly."

Henderson said William's beef with the people he fired on was over drugs or money. That has the prosecutor and the mother of a murder victim fed up.

Henderson said, "If you come over here (Floyd County) and this violence is over here with drugs, you're gonna be caught and when you're caught you're going to be prosecuted and if you're found guilty you're going to go to prison for a long time."

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"Everybody out there on drugs is this worth it to you?" Shelton cried. "What your mother's going through, straighten up, do something with your life, be a better person because it's not worth it."

Williams remains at large and is being sought on both sides of the river.

He was last seen in a red Prius stolen out of Kentucky. Authorities do not know if Williams still has that car.

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