After stopping Carter and Artis car and letting them go, the officers went to the murder scene, where witness Al Bello described the getaway car as white car with out-of-state plates and taillights that "lit up like a butterfly."

"As soon as we heard that, I looked at my partner and he looked at me and we both shook our heads and we left the scene to go looking for [Carter's] car again," Sergeant Ted Capter testified. They found the car at 3 a.m. just down the street from the murder scene. Carter and Artis were detained for questioning. Their car was searched and a 12 gauge shotgun shell and a .32 caliber bullet were found. Those rounds matched the calibers of the murder weapons, which have never been found..

Carter and Artis were not arrested until months later when Bello positively identified them as they men he saw leaving the murder scene.

Note: The route of the white car was part of the theory put forth by the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office.

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