Arrest made in Mississippi highway shootings
James D. Willie
May 18th, 2012
05:49 AM ET

Arrest made in Mississippi highway shootings

Authorities have arrested a suspect in the case of an alleged police impersonator who is believed to have killed two motorists in Mississippi, the Tunica County Sherriff's Office said.

James D. Willie, 28, of Sardis, Mississippi, was arrested Tuesday after police responded to a disturbance in Tunica. Authorities found Willie with a woman who claimed he raped her. Willie was later taken into custody.

Authorities said Willie had a semi-automatic handgun at the time of his arrest. State crime lab scientists determined the weapon matched the same one used in two murders in northwest Mississippi last week.

Thomas K. Schlender was found dead in his car, stopped in the median of Interstate 55, early on May 8. Three days later, Lori Anne Carswell was found dead outside her car on the shoulder of a state highway in Tunica County.

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  1. Ibitz

    Hopefully they arrest the right person.

    May 18, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Bill

    How does one confuse this guy for a cop? Only in Miss., I guess.

    May 18, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Scottish Mama

    Glad he is off the streets.

    May 18, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. ♚Mmmmm♛

    lookat'im...can't neverrrrrrr trust person who doesn't have matching eyebrows...

    lol...

    May 18, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. ♚Mmmmm♛

    mmmm...i wonder if this was trully a random serial...tunica has some big time resort casinos there...were the victims recent winners at the casino and the perps followed them home??? mmmm...

    May 18, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. banasy©

    Your eyebrown comment made me laugh, Mmmmm.
    Your points on the possible casino robberies are good ones...ivery good motive there...

    May 18, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Tooter

    Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson you are needed in Mississippi now. Hurry don't take too long and in Tampa Florida we need you to help the youths who beat up a young white service member stationed at McDill AFB. His car broke down and he was trying to get home at 3:00 a.m. Four young men beat him up took his wallet, cell phone and almost killed him. He is still in the hospital. But you can't put them in prison there are too many blacks there already.

    May 19, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Greek American

    Do any of you realize the story said he was picked up after a woman said he rayped her? Are you all assuming she was also a white woman? Hmmmm

    May 20, 2012 at 1:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
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