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Man sought in city's 1st murder in almost 100 years Man sought in city's 1st murder in almost 100 years
  • Jayveon Caballero is wanted for murder after a shooting on Sunday morning
  • Markus Austin was a former basketball player for the Vermont Frost Heaves
  • Police say it's the city's first murder case in almost a century 
  • The last murder case in Montpelier was in 1920 when a woman shot her husband

Police are hunting for Montpelier's first murderer in almost a century.

A state employee and former professional basketball player has been shot dead outside an apartment complex in the nation's smallest capital city.

An arrest warrant was issued for Jayveon Caballero on a murder charge following the Sunday morning shooting in Montpelier, Vermont.

 Markus Austin (center) was shot dead Sunday. Jayveon Caballero is wanted for his murder

Markus Austin (center) was shot dead Sunday. Jayveon Caballero is wanted for his murder

 Jayveon Caballero  is accused of killing Markus AustinDesiree Cary was reportedly assaulted by Austin 

Jayveon Caballero (left) is accused of killing Markus Austin  who reportedly assaulted his girlfriend Desiree Cary (right) on January 22

Police were seeking Caballero in the killing of Markus Austin, whose body was found in the apartment complex's parking lot. 

WCAX reports Austin was an employee at the Vermont Department of Mental Health and a former Vermont Frost Heaves professional basketball player. The now disbanded team went to the ABA championship with Austin. 

A GoFundMe has been set up fro Austin's familiy.  

Caballero is believed to have boarded a Greyhound on Sunday in White River Junction. Police said the bus was headed to New York City but had several intermediate stops where he could have gotten off.

Caballero and Austin had been involved in an altercation outside Gustos bar in Barre earlier Sunday morning, police said. 

 Austin played for the now disbanded Vermont Frost Heaves basketball team 

Austin played for the now disbanded Vermont Frost Heaves basketball team 

During the altercation Austin assaulted Caballero's live-in girlfriend, witnesses said. Caballero later confronted Austin outside Austin's apartment and shot him, police said.

Caballero's girlfriend, Desiree Cary, was arrested Sunday evening in Barre, where Caballero lives. She was held on bail for selling crack cocaine and heroin.

She appeared in court Monday, pleaded not guilty to drug charges and was released.

Montpelier has about 7,500 residents, making it the nation's least populous capital.

Police Chief Anthony Facos said the shooting death of Austin was the first murder in the city since the 1920s, when a woman shot her husband. He did not have additional details of that case. 

 Austin was shot dead outside of his apartment in Montpelier on Sunday

Austin was shot dead outside of his apartment in Montpelier on Sunday

 Police say Austin's murder is the first in the city since 1920

Police say Austin's murder is the first in the city since 1920


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