Saturday, July 17, 2004

Murder suspect arrested in N.C.

The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE - A Louisville man charged with killing his estranged wife and 8-year-old son in December was arrested Thursday in western North Carolina, authorities said.

Shawn Windsor had been a fugitive since the bodies of Betty Windsor, 27, and their son, Corey, were found in Shawn Windsor's apartment in downtown Louisville on Dec. 28. A Jefferson County grand jury indicted Windsor on two counts of murder.

Windsor was arrested around 5 p.m. by U.S. marshals at a junk yard where he was employed in Shelby, N.C. Shelby is about 40 miles west of Charlotte.

Authorities had few leads on his whereabouts in the months after the killings. Windsor was even featured on America's Most Wanted, the nationally televised crime-fighting show.

Rich Knighten of the U.S. Marshals Service in Louisville said a break came when Betty Windsor's car was found in the parking garage of St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., on July 8.

Knighten said media reports about the abandoned car led to tips about Windsor's whereabouts, including reports that he had been staying at homeless shelters in Nashville.

Investigators learned that Windsor had moved on to North Carolina in late January to check into a treatment center for an apparent drug abuse problem, Knighten said. He had been rooming with a man he befriended in North Carolina, Knighten said. Officials declined to identify the man, and said he faces no charges for helping Windsor.

The family rejoiced upon learning of Windsor's arrest Thursday night.

"Six-and-a-half months is a long time, but I'm glad it's over," said Scott Dillander, Betty Jean Windsor's older brother. "I don't know how they did it, but it was great."

Windsor is expected to be extradited to Louisville in the next few days, Knighten said.

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