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Suspected 'roadside killer' to face judge

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TUNICA COUNTY, MS -

(WMC-TV) - The man suspected of being the so-called "roadside killer" faced a judge Monday.

James Willie, 28, is behind bars in Tunica County, Mississippi.

Willie's capture ended nearly two weeks of terror along Mississippi highways after two people were shot and killed.

The first victim, 74-year-old Tom Schlender of Nebraska, was shot on I-55 near the Pope exit.  The second victim, 48-year-old Lori Carswell, was killed on Highway 713 in Tunica County.

Investigators in Tunica caught up with Willie last Tuesday after they said he kidnapped and raped a woman who was eventually able to escape and call 911.

Following Willie's arrest, investigators found a gun and bullet casing which were found to match the ones used in the roadside killings.

Investigators believe robbery was the motive for both murders.

Willie is charged in Carswell's murder, but not yet in Schlender's.  Prosecutors may take that case to the grand jury.

His bond was set at $1 million.

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