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2 arrested in fatal shooting of Applebee's manager in Georgia

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. - Two people have been charged in connection with the murder of a Georgia Applebee's manager who was found shot to death in his car in the restaurant's parking lot nearly a month ago.

According to CBS Atlanta, the two suspects were identified by police as 24-year-old Greg Haney of Jonesboro and 25-year-old Ladarius Kawon Jackson of Hampton.

Twenty-seven-year-old Gregory Smith, of College Park, was found dead in his vehicle early on June 7 outside the Fayetteville Applebee's where he worked as a manager. Police said his girlfriend discovered him after she went to the restaurant to search for him when he didn't come home the night before.

The vehicle in which Gregory Smith, a manager at an Applebee's in Fayetteville, Georgia, was found dead, Sunday, June 7, 2015. CBS affiliate WGCL

Authorities at the time said they found a gunshot hole in the driver's side of Smith's vehicle and shell casings in the parking lot. Smith's cell phone and keys were also missing, according to the station.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Haney was a former employee of the Fayetteville Applebee's and investigators believe he and Jackson may have targeted Smith in hopes he was carrying money from the restaurant. He was not, reports the paper.

"[Haney] may have thought he knew that money was coming out, but it wasn't," Lt. Mike Whitlow told the paper. "Which makes this even more heinous and stupid. And senseless."

Haney is charged with felony murder, malice murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Jackson is charged as a party to the crimes of felony murder, malice murder, armed robbery and aggravated assault.

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