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Search for hit-and-run Porsche nets 2 suspects

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Brandon Weston

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Pamela Rice

MARIETTA -- A tipster in Alabama led police this week to the damaged Porsche that authorities have been hunting for in the hit-and-run death of a Norcross motorcyclist.

Cobb County police have charged the alleged driver and owner of the Porsche, Brandon M. Weston, 32, of Smyrna, and Pamela Rice, 41, of Marietta, with felony vehicular homicide and tampering with evidence, among other crimes.

Norcross resident Emanuel R. Mitchell, 31, was killed Aug. 20 when a silver Porsche struck the Kawasaki motorcycle he was riding on Interstate 75 near Marietta. Mitchell was ejected from the motorcycle and struck by another car. He died at the scene.

The silver vehicle never stopped, but left telltale parts behind.

In ensuing days, police used the parts to narrow the suspect vehicle to a Porsche 944. Photos of cars like it were widely distributed to media.

The break in the case came from about 170 miles away, when a person in Alabaster, Ala., who had seen metro Atlanta news reports about the wanted Porsche, spotted a similar vehicle at a body shop.

After culling news stories from the Internet, the tipster called police in Alabaster -- located just south of Birmingham -- who notified Cobb County authorities, said Cobb police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce.

Police matched parts found at the accident scene to those at the body shop and arrested the suspects Tuesday afternoon.

Arrest warrants filed in Cobb County indicate that Weston conspired with Rice to take the car to the Alabama repair shop, where damage to the vehicle was repaired, the car was painted black and paperwork was doctored to give the impression the repairs were made before the crash, WSB-TV reported.

Weston is charged with felony vehicular homicide, hit and run, tampering with evidence, failure to maintain lane, failure to register vehicle and no insurance, Pierce said.

Rice is charged with being a party to the crime of hit and run, felony vehicular homicide and tampering with evidence.

Both suspects are being held without bond at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center. Jail records indicate Weston and Rice share a common tattoo: "Never Surrender."