Detroit's Most Wanted: Kelly Powell accused of murdering man in West Virginia

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. (WXYZ) - A man police believe is bringing drugs into Oakland County is wanted for murder and the U.S. Marshals are asking for your help finding him.

The Marshals say Kelly Powell shot a man in the head in West Virginia, killing him while wounding another then coming back home to Pontiac to hide out.

“He has a criminal history, it just kept escalating and escalating and now we’re sitting here with an open homicide warrant for his arrest,” Deputy U.S. Marshal Aaron Garcia said.

Powell is just 22 years old and believed to be couch surfing in Pontiac, hiding out after police say he killed a man in West Virginia late last month.

“Zero regard for any human life,” Garcia said.

Known as ‘Stacks’ Garcia says Powell is now their top priority.

“It’s a tight knit community- they’re trying to clean up their city and the Sheriff’s Department is doing a great job,” Garcia said. “They’re cleaning up what they have in Pontiac and now you’ve got some guy who kills somebody out of state coming back to that community, he’s not wanted, he’s not welcome.”

Powell has tattoos all over his hands and a scar under his left eye. The Marshals believe his crimes are fueled by drugs.

“There’s a huge pipeline from West Virginia to Detroit,” Garcia said.  “Lots of dope going back and forth from West Virginia to Detroit and Pontiac, Michigan.

Kelly Lee Powell, known as Stacks is 5’8” and 165 pounds. He’s believed to be in Pontiac or possibly Detroit.

“We did get some information since the homicide he was back in the Detroit/Pontiac area just bouncing around, we think he’s bouncing from house to house,” Garcia said.

There’s a cash reward for any information leading the Marshals to Powell. You can call them anytime and remain anonymous at (313) 234-5656.

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