Man suspected in 1999 Georgia murder case found in Houston area

By Robert Arnold - Investigative Reporter

HOUSTON - For all intents and purposes, Fuquah Dewalt Cashaw had settled into a quiet life at a Clear Lake-area apartment complex. Despite a lengthy and violent criminal past, the 44-year-old was also able to find work as a welder.

All of that came to an end when United States marshals caught up with him Tuesday.

"Yeah, yeah. I've seen him," said resident Chris Pappas. "I was shocked. I've seen him walking around outside. Seemed like a very nice guy, he's personable."

Cashaw was arrested while working as a welder at a Pearland company. Cashaw was arrested on a warrant of out Butts County, Georgia. Court records show the case involves a 1999 murder and kidnapping.

"He worked here about nine months, was very good, very skilled. He had a bit of temper but was always talking about going to church and quoting sermons he heard," said a co-worker who asked not to be identified. "Never realized there was any problem. Then six marshals showed up, surrounded the building and arrested him."

Tuesday's arrest wasn't the first time Cashaw has been in trouble with the law. Cook County, Illinois, court records show in 1990 he was found guilty of murder and second-degree murder. In 2003 he was found guilty of unlawful use of weapon, and in 2004 he was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and concealment of a homicidal death.

Officials in Georgia aren't yet releasing any details about that 1999 murder and kidnapping case. Cashaw did go before a judge in Harris County Wednesday morning and waived extradition.

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