Police Arrest Man Who Murdered His Wife and Her Lover, Then Escaped From Jail

He was separated from his wife, who had reportedly resumed dating her high school sweetheart. 

A man accused of killing his wife and her lover who escaped from a Missouri county jail was found Monday after police launched a manhunt to find him in October.

William Carter, 27, was arrested by police three weeks after his escape in New Orleans, 500 miles from the Pemiscot County jail where he was being held on first degree murder charges. The U.S. Marshals Service called state police for help around 11 a.m. and located a man matching Carter’s description walking outside in the downtown area.

Carter was separated from his wife, Heather Michelle Hampton Carter, 24, when she reportedly resumed dating her high school sweetheart. Earlier this year, the two were riding in an SUV when Carter allegedly rammed the side of their car intentionally. The pair got out of the car to asses the damage, and Carter made a circle around the block, then ran them over with his car. Heather Carter was airlifted to a nearby hospital where she later died, and her boyfriend Aaron Campbell, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene. Heather Carter was the mother of three children.

Carter was awaiting trial for the double-homicide in Missouri when he and another inmate, Joseph Latamondeer, escaped. The two reportedly crawled through an air duct and through a locked closet in the jail, then climbed a fence and escaped on Oct. 15, according to Missouri Highway Patrol. Latamondeer remains at large, and police say he may be dangerous. He was in jail on domestic violence and kidnapping charges.

Police have yet to say whether they believe Latamondeer traveled to New Orleans with Carter. Requests for comment from police were not answered at the time of publication.

Carter was booked in the Orleans Justice Center, where he now awaits extradition back to Missouri.


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