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.

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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.