FOLLOW-UP -- CARTER & ARTIS ARE DETAINED
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
Note: The route of the white car was part of the theory
put forth by the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office.