A Roswell man was arrested and charged with murder after the son of a former Roswell Daily Record publisher was shot and killed Monday night, police said.
Stephen Foster, 25, was shot in the head while driving a friendâ€™s van near the intersection of West Walnut Street and South Ohio Avenue, according to court documents.
Foster was the son of Dana Dryden, publisher of the Daily Record between 2006 and 2008. The Roswell Police Department arrested Israel Herrera, 22, after he was caught running from the scene of the crime, said Travis Holley, RPD spokesman.
Herrera was charged with an open count of murder, tampering with evidence and shooting at or from a motor vehicle. According to a passengerâ€™s statement to police after the shooting, Foster was driving away from Herreraâ€™s house at 1104 West Walnut St. when â€œa popâ€ was heard, before Foster went limp and the vehicle drove off the road and crashed into a fence.
Foster and his passenger went to Herreraâ€™s house. According to the criminal complaint, Foster got out of the vehicle at Herreraâ€™s house and the witness heard Foster talking, but could not tell to whom.
Police asked the witness if â€œit sounded like there was arguing or if it was a normal conversation.â€ â€œ(The witness) said at first it did not seem like anything, (but) then he was walking back to the car (and) he was either talking to himself or he was not happy,â€ reads the criminal complaint against Herrera.
â€œ(The witness) knew that Stephen was not happy by the tone of his voice.â€ The RPD declined to provide further information on the shooting or a possible cause, other than saying that it didnâ€™t â€œappear to be a random act,â€ said Holley. Police are searching for a person of interest who is thought to have witnessed the shooting.
Joanna Pena, 24, possibly left the scene in a newer model dark-green Chevy Malibu with dealer tags. Police recovered an SKS from Herreraâ€™s property, according to the criminal complaint. Fosterâ€™s death is the fifth murder in Roswell this year.