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2 charged with murder of Hueytown veteran

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(L-R) Romell Markee Cunningham and Kamal Dewayne Potts. Source: Hueytown Police (L-R) Romell Markee Cunningham and Kamal Dewayne Potts. Source: Hueytown Police

Two suspects accused of killing a 66-year-old Vietnam vet in Hueytown last week have been arrested.

Hueytown police believe the duo killed Howard Arthur McKee after breaking into his home on West Harlem Avenue on April 23.

"This case is not just an outrage for Mr. McKee's neighbors, or just for the citizens of Hueytown, or even for those in the Birmingham Metro area. It's the kind of offense that should provoke a reaction from all decent, hard-working people everywhere," Hueytown Police Chief Churck Hagler said.

"This was not a drug deal gone bad. This was not a gang-related shooting," the chief continued.

"Mr. McKee was an innocent citizen, killed in his own home by criminals for nothing more than a few household items," Hagler said.

Police said McKee had served two tours of duty in Vietnam and was a retired Birmingham firefighter. Hagler said McKee "resisted their attempt to victimize him and was shot and killed by the suspects."

Romell Markee Cunningham, 28, and Kamal Dewayne Potts, 23, both of Birmingham, have each been charged with capital murder during a robbery and capital murder during a burglary.

"The suspects have very few connections to Hueytown. It appears they were riding around looking for an empty house to break into," Hagler said.

An anonymous tip to the FBI helped lead to the identification of both suspects, according to FBI spokesman Paul Daymond.

Birmingham police captured Potts at his home on Tuesday. U.S. Marshals took Cunningham into custody on Friday around noon.

"They're not just a danger to any one person. They're a danger to us all. If they would do that to this man, they wouldn't hesitate to shoot you, me, anyone else and hurt us in our own homes," Bill Vietch, Chief Deputy DA for the Bessemer Division, said.

Police say Potts has previous theft charges and Cunningham has prior theft and drug charges. They say there is also a woman who is a person of interest in this case, but she has not been charged.

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