Man accused of killing ex-wife faces second murder charge

A man accused of killing his ex-wife is now facing a second murder charge.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – A man accused of killing his ex-wife is now facing a second murder charge.

After a three-day manhunt, Russell Cormier, 53, was arrested on Friday, April 21, 2017. He was wanted in connection with the shooting death of his ex-wife and a former co-worker.

Police said on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 he is facing a second murder charge.

Cormier was found under a slide at Gerber Park, along Gaston Street in northeast Harris County, acccording to the Harris County Sheriff's Department.

The Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force and HCSO deputies found him after someone called in a tip to authorities around. 

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said he had some minor injuries upon his arrest. 

"It looks like the effects of being on the run for nearly a week had caught up with him," he said. 

“He gave no resistance to be taken into custody,” said Harris County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Thomas Gilliland. “Evidently he had been just going from place to place all week. Not having anywhere to stay.”

Cormier is charged with the murder of his estranged wife, 61-year-old Fannie McWhite, who was gunned down outside her home on Monday in the 12300 block of Green Canyon Drive.

Cormier drove to his home in the 6000 block of Shotwell in northeast Houston. He grabbed some belongings and set the trailer on fire.

Investigators say Cormier then drove to Superior Truck Care in the 12200 block of Kindred Street, where he waited for the 60-year-old Thornton Bivens and shot him as he drove up to report for work.

Early Tuesday morning, Cormier returned to a neighbor’s home on Shotwell Street and confronted the man who lived there.

Cormier is suspected of shooting the man one time in the stomach. The man survived and is now recovering at home.

Harris County Sheriff’s deputies interviewed Cormier before he was processed into the county jail. 

"Apparently, he'd just had enough and wanted to even the score somehow," said Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

The Houston Police Department is investigating the shooting on Shotwell Street.



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