Saturday, May 19, 2012
James Willie Arrested For Rape, May Be Tried For Capital Murder
The murders occurred 50 miles apart over a span of three days. Both victims' vehicles were found on the side of the road. The murder of Thomas Schlender, 74, occurred on May 8. Schlender's wallet and several hundred dollars were missing. Lori Anne Carswell, 47, was murdered on May 11. She was found lying in the road next to her car on State Highway 713. Investigators originally believed that the suspected the killer was posing as a police officer but that has not been confirmed. Willie is being held on charges of aggravated assault, kidnapping and rape. He will also likely be charged with two counts of capital murder.
"Hundreds of man-hours have been devoted to tracking down and arresting this individual," Gov. Phil Bryant said in a statement. "Public safety is of paramount concern to us... we see the effective results of a unified effort of several law enforcement agencies working together."
All suspects are presumed innocent unless otherwise proven in a court of law!