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A Cedartown man remains in jail and is expected to be sent back to Cherokee County, Alabama to face murder charges after a DUI arrest over the weekend.

According to Paulding County Jail records, Matthew Gonzalez, 19, of a Fairview Street address in Cedartown, was arrested on Sunday, Dec. 3 on charges of driving under the influence, an open container law violation, a tag light requirement charge and driving without a licenses. Cherokee County Sheriff's officials reported in a press release that Gonzalez had been interviewed as a suspect in the Paulding County Jail by Alabama authorities in a homicide.

Cherokee County officials reported that Gonzaelez is alleged to have shot and killed a still unidentified victim on Saturday night, Dec. 2, and fled the area.

He was later arrested by the Georgia State Patrol on the traffic charges, and after an interview with law enforcement from Alabama at the Paulding County Jail was charged.

Gonzalez is facing capital murder charges in Cherokee County, Alabama for the shooting. Extradition proceedings are expected.

He remained in the Paulding County Jail as of Wednesday afternoon $2,467 bond on the DUI and traffic charges.