Man convicted of killing bicyclist caught
Published 12:58 am Sunday, October 31, 2010
A former Mississippi businessman is back in custody after six months as a fugitive.
Wendell Blount, of Oxford, was arrested late Thursday by federal marshals in Baton Rouge, La. A federal jury convicted Blount, 58, on April 23 on a vehicular manslaughter charge in the death of Dutch journalist Esther Hageman.
Hageman was killed as she rode a bicycle on the federal Natchez Trace Parkway near Houston, Miss., on April 22, 2009. Prosecutors alleged that Blount was driving under the influence of morphine.
Authorities said Blount escaped from monitored house arrest earlier this year while awaiting sentencing. He faces up to 33 years in prison on the manslaughter conviction.