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ATLANTA -- Jerome Foster is 11Alive's Fugitive of the Week for September 26, 2012. Foster, 53, is wanted by Fulton County Police and the U.S. Marshal's Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force for Murder, Aggravated Assault and Armed Robbery.

Foster and a man who is already in custody, Andrew Ball, are charged with killing Kenneth Scott, Jr. of Fairburn. Scott leaves behind a 4-year-old son, Kenneth Scott, III.

The victim's father said his grandson keeps asking him where his father is. "Finally I told him he's in heaven," said Kenneth Scott, Sr. "He still doesn't understand."

Scott said his grandson still asks when his father's coming back. "I tell him I don't know, I don't think he can come back."

The boy's father was robbed, brutally beaten with a baseball bat and strangled. His body was found along a dusty Fairburn road a week after he was murdered. He had been reported missing by his father before he was found.

Fulton County Police charged Andrew Ball shortly after the body was found.

Foster is a fugitive. Police said Foster, who was a co-worker of the victim, owed him money. They believe Scott was killed so Foster didn't have to pay off his debt.

This wasn't the first time Foster was charged with murder. According to the Georgia Department of Corrections website, Foster spent 32 years in prison for a 1978 murder conviction. He was released on parole in May 2010.

Scott, Sr. said he's worried Foster will kill again. "He's still out there and he's desperate because he knows if he gets caught, he's never going to get back out," he said. "And you know he'll do anything to keep from getting caught."

Fulton County Police have asked the U.S. Marshals for help finding Foster. "Mr. Foster has resided in the Atlanta area, Fairburn, Fulton County for quite some time," said Deputy U.S. Marshal Eric Heinze. "We believe he's still in the area."

Jerome Foster is 11Alive's Fugitive of the Week and featured on Rowson's Crime Scene. If you know where he is, you can email a tip anonymously to the U.S. Marshals from a link on our site or you can call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS(8477).

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