Man Arrested Over Deadly Mississippi Highway Shootings
James D. Williams to be charged with two counts of capital murder.
The murders of two people on Mississippi highways - which sparked fears that a police officer was committing killings - has been solved.
Authorities arrested James D. Willie when they responded to a disturbance at an apartment. When the officers got to the apartment, they found Willie with a woman who alleges that he had raped her.
The 28-year-old was taken into custody and a Ruger 9 mm semi-automatic handgun was found in his possession. The weapon matched the gun used in the highway murders committed last week.
"The Bureau of Investigation and Crime Laboratory dedicated all resources available to this investigation," said Public Safety Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz. "Our citizens have been terrorized by these murders, and we worked tirelessly to resolve them."
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At first, authorities suspected the killer to be a police officer.
"The concern is that someone is posing as a law enforcement officer, and that is how these vehicles end up on the side of the road," Waggoner said.
The first murder occurred during the afternoon of May 8. Thomas Schlender, 74, of Raymond, Neb., was found dead inside his pickup. The second homicide occurred on May 11, also in the afternoon. Lori Anne Carswell, 47, of Hernando, Miss., was found lying in the road next to her vehicle.
Authorities plan to formally charge him with two counts of capital murder.