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. chris

    Rumor has it Willie was driving up and down the highways of Mississippi in search of the dreaded white Hispanic he read so much about here on CNN.

    May 18, 2012 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
    • beon

      Hey, if the victims were white, will he be charged with a hate crime also? Or does that work only in reverse?

      May 18, 2012 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
    • gager

      It was only a rumor because Willie can't read.

      May 18, 2012 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. Andy Hangley

    Black man killing white people. Where is Jesse and Al now????

    May 18, 2012 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
    • educ8te

      NO need for outrage, the murderer was ARRESTED!

      May 18, 2012 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Hot Carl

      Celebrating I recon.

      May 18, 2012 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. Barry from Wisconsin

    Congratulations to the law enforcement authorities who used the crime lab information to take a dangerous person out of circulation.

    May 18, 2012 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. Tizzy

    Leave the brother alone. Innocent to proven guilty.

    May 18, 2012 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
    • bruce

      same gun used to murder the victims, carried by the accused rapist?...yeah the brother's innocent.

      May 18, 2012 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
    • truth


      May 18, 2012 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
    • kld210

      IDIOT – they confirmed the weapon. Oh I forgot, someone planted it on him.

      May 18, 2012 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  5. Barry from Wisconsin

    By the by, lets not make this a black/white thing. The person (if convicted) is a vicious criminal. I suspect that his crimes are not limited to Caucasians (I am white, by the way).

    May 18, 2012 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. bruce

    i'm waiting for the outrage from the black community over the senseless murder of 2 whites. think it'll happen?

    May 18, 2012 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Jammaster

      You mean like running to his defense like the racists did with Zimmerman.
      Not gonna happen.

      May 18, 2012 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. cday

    Don't forget their MO is to wait a day or two then say everyone else is racist. Worry not, Jess and Al will be down there later today preaching how the system is unfair and it was the system that caused him to kill these people.

    May 18, 2012 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
    • kld210

      CDAY – That statement would almost be funny if it wasn't the truth

      May 18, 2012 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Realitybites

      I seriously doubt that.

      May 18, 2012 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. wildone

    That guy gives me the "Willie's".

    May 18, 2012 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. crazy media

    Tip your hat to Mississippi law enforcment. Getting this nut case off the street.

    May 18, 2012 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
  10. Listen

    Who cares about what color! The matter is that there were 2 people killed by an evil person!
    They must keep him locked up for life!

    May 18, 2012 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jammaster

    Not odd that morons would not know the difference between n interracial crime and a hate crime.

    May 18, 2012 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dave

    I wonder why they did not post any pictures of him in his school jersey and with a liilte kid standing next to him.
    Show the young side of him with skitles.

    May 18, 2012 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Melanie

      Don't you think this Skittle routine is getting old????

      May 18, 2012 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  13. wrek roccwell

    wow ....thats like a first..... a black cereal killer / rapist..... at least he didnt eat them.....

    May 18, 2012 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jammaster

    Nzland has it's share of nutacses too.

    May 18, 2012 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sam Wheat

    I helped bring down Willie Lopez, with the help of Oda Mae Brown.

    "They're going to kill you, Carl. You and Willie! You're going to be fertilizer. They're gonna bury you right next to Jimmy Hoffa."

    May 18, 2012 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
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