Authorities Reveal Motive in Highway Shootings

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Authorities say robbery appears to be the motive of a suspect in a pair of killings that frightened motorists in northwestern Mississippi.

Tunica County Sheriff K.C. Hamp said Friday that 28-year-old James D. Willie was arrested after the investigation of an alleged rape turned up evidence linking him to the killings.

The first roadside killing happened May 8, when Thomas Schlender of Nebraska was found dead in his car on Interstate 55. Then local casino employee Lori Anne Carswell was found dead in her car on Mississippi Highway 713 on May 11.

Willie was arrested Tuesday after a woman said he attacked her. The sheriff says tests on shell casings and a gun found during the rape investigation matched shells recovered at the killing sites.


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  • by Michelle on May 23, 2012 at 08:26 AM
    @Just saying, just say your name. I don't have time to be during no one for being a racist. I'm JUST SAYING don't get on here trying to down talk black people cause of one ignorant guy. That's just like saying all white kids are going to shoot up a school or blow something up. Yeah this guy was black pointing out a particular type of person to kill like a serial killer. It's still racism out here and its still ignorant. I'm not the type running around hollaring retribution or anything like that. I get up every morning and get my baby ready for school and get myself ready for work. So no, not all blacks are lazy. You wanna call me out, you better come correct. Cause I am tired of you guys hiding behind a computer talking down on us. Be brave and show your name, I did. Where was you guys when that white man kidnapped the lady and her kids. I don't see no racist smack on his headline, but as soon as a black person do something its blacks this blacks that. Get a _____ life and grow ___ ___ ___.
  • by Anonymous on May 22, 2012 at 01:02 PM
    i say do away with the hate crime law. it isn't working. murder, rape, assalt, all of it is bad no matter who does it or who they do it to. it doesn't matter. all crime is crimes of hate, even so called crimes of passion. you don't kill people you love.
  • by Theresa Location: Pensacola on May 21, 2012 at 05:38 PM
    Curt u need to be asking where the white sheet. & hood are aka KKK not where Al & Jessie is.. This is not a hate crime this person is sick Country Pumpkins do some research before commenting. Trayon Martin's case & this is not the same. CNN don't have time for you all ignorant country trailer trasher people. CNN please give Mississippi there 1 minute of fame beside for the fame they get for killing innocent black people (James Chaney).
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      by Just saying on May 22, 2012 at 11:43 AM in reply to Theresa
      Thrersa that's what we are saying now you want to turn it around and say its the white people's fault
  • by Michelle on May 21, 2012 at 01:39 PM
    You guys say that this was a hate crime. What about the man that kidnapped the lady and her kids. What kind of crime was that. This kind of senseless mess is getting on my nerves. If you feel this strongly about us BLACKS, then you really need to stop hiding and tell us to our face how you truely feel. You can't and you won't do that cause you don't want people to know you are a racist. Stop being negative about who, what, and how it was done and try working on how we can do something to stop these crimes in general.
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      by Just saying on May 22, 2012 at 11:35 AM in reply to Michelle
      Was not all people in this case white. Michelle it gets on your nerves because it is the truth and you don't like it. To bad. If we do tell you to your face then you will sue us for being racist you black people need to let it go. I don't have a whip and you are not picking cotton. . It can be stop by parents whooping some ____
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian, MS on May 21, 2012 at 11:00 AM
    *smh* All this absolutely kills me! Ppl who hide behind their computers and talk junk are scary, it would not be said in public! Things that white ppl do have little to no comments but when a black person does something it's filled with racist comments? So what they were white? We owe y'all a few (:
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      by Just saying on May 22, 2012 at 11:38 AM in reply to Anonymous
      You are a _____ for your comment. Nothing is said when whites do something wrong You are crazy
  • by highly upset Location: meridian on May 21, 2012 at 10:47 AM
    You know what is ignorant about this world today, there are still racism out there. Regardless if he was black and they were white, he was acting like a serial killer. They Target only certain types of people. This was not a hate crime, this was a serial killing, and if it wasn't for that survivor, there is no telling how many more he would have killed. Just be happy they caught him and is not walking around a free man LIKE ZIMMERMAN did. That's the difference between the two. Zimmerman killed claiming self defense and walk around a free man, while as soon as someone pointed him out he was arrested. I am going to get you all, yes whites, to get it together. It's 2012, time to grow the ____ up, and leave this hate crap alone. I hope you are not talking about getting into the gates of heaven cause if I am not mistaken, you are not supposed to have hatred in your heart. Food for thoughts. BTW: there are some ignorant racist blacks, and every other racist race out there also that needs to get it together.
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      by Owen on May 21, 2012 at 05:00 PM in reply to highly upset
      Ummmm....do you not realize that Zimmerman considers himself and identifies as a Latino? So I'm not sure why you're dragging whites into this Zimmerman mess.
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        by Just saying on May 22, 2012 at 11:45 AM in reply to Owen
        No this person don't realize that. That is why This person is highly upset
  • by Why Location: Meridian on May 20, 2012 at 07:55 PM
    Some of you people are so ignorant y'all still talking about racist mess it don't matter what color they are still going to do time!!!!
  • by Unknown Location: Mississippi on May 20, 2012 at 05:15 PM
    Whatever you say. People always going to through up the hate crime. But some whites do derserve it sometimes cause they act like it is still slavery time. He have rights just like the whites. But on the real he didn't have to kill anyone. Just go get a real job and make your own money and let the whites alone. All they want us to do to is do the job and they make the money. But you also have to watch what you do.
  • by Angeal Location: Meridian on May 20, 2012 at 08:10 AM
    Yep!! Definately a hate crime. 2 whites killed by a black. Where is CNN???????
  • by Reality on May 20, 2012 at 07:41 AM
    OH NO. White people deserve it! We owe everyone because of the past. White "________" are the evil that walks upon the earth. We have no rights! This guy was probably "done wrong" by a white person. I am sure he was just troubled.
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