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Man hunted for city's first murder in nearly a century

Police in Vermont's state capital are seeking a man over what they say is the city's first murder in nearly 100 years.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Jayveon Caballero after a man was shot dead outside an apartment complex in Montpelier, America's smallest capital city, on Sunday morning .

Police are seeking Caballero on a murder charge over the killing of Markus Austin, whose body was found in the complex's car park.

Caballero is believed to have boarded a bus on Sunday in White River Junction, which was heading to New York City, but had several intermediate stops where he could have got off.

He and Mr Austin had been involved in an incident outside a bar and Mr Austin assaulted Caballero's girlfriend, Desiree Cary, according to witnesses .

Caballero later confronted Mr Austin outside his apartment and shot him, police said.

Ms Cary, who was arrested on Sunday evening in Barre, where Caballero lives, appeared in court on Monday, pleaded not guilty to drugs charges and was released.

Montpelier has about 7,500 residents, making it the nation's least populous capital.

Police chief Anthony Facos said the shooting of Mr Austin was the first murder in the city since the 1920s, when a woman shot her husband.

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