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Registe case on "Most Wanted" show

Michael Jason Registe, who is accused of fatally shooting two local athletes in Columbus on the night of July 20, 2007, will be featured in a short segment of "America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back," during the 9 p.m. Saturday program on WXTX 54.

The program will provide short segments on 10 serious crimes nationwide in which authorities are still trying to locate suspects.

Registe, 24, has been the object of an international search since shortly after the shooting deaths of Randy Newton Jr., 21, and Bryan Kilgore, 20. Columbus police were called to the scene of a shooting at about 9:20 p.m. at Cross Creek Apartments, 3911 Steam Mill Road, where they discovered the two young men had been shot in the parking lot. Newton died at the scene of a gunshot wound to the head. Kilgore died the following morning at The Medical Center, also from a gunshot wound to the head.

Kilgore had been a star pitcher for Hardaway High School's baseball team and was a pitcher with the Columbus State University team. Newton also was a Hardaway athlete who planned to enroll at Benedict College, Columbia, S.C., last fall.

Registe, a former Spencer High School track star, was believed to have taken refuge on the island of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, after he fled the country.

In an affidavit, FBI Special Agent David Whitlow testified that Registe fled to the Virgin Islands using a plane ticket paid for by his sister.

Authorities have been on the lookout for him both in the Columbus area and in the islands.

In September, authorities said Registe may have abandoned his hiding place in the Virgin Islands and traveled to the Caribbean island of Dominica. But his whereabouts now are unknown.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts or about the crime should call Columbus police at 706-653-3400 or the Columbus office of the FBI at 706-596-9603.

The TV segment probably will take 16-20 seconds, said WXTX Program Manager Sharon Davlin. A synopsis states that "Their tragic deaths have caused a tremendous outpouring of sympathy throughout their community. This public outcry will continue until the killer is brought to justice."

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