Cell phone leads police to Kentucky slaying suspects here

Friday, May 29, 2009 10:07 AM
Last updated 10:26 PM
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AIKEN -- For Dustin Lee Mackie and Angela Michelle Mackie, the honeymoon didn’t last long.

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Angela Michelle Mackie

The couple, who authorities say got married just days after becoming wanted in a May 21 murder case in Kentucky, were arrested Thursday night in Aiken County.

The Paducah (Ky.) Police De­part­ment was able to pinpoint a cell phone signal more than 500 miles away.

Mr. and Mrs. Mackie, whose maiden name is Angela Orenduff, were wanted in the shooting death of Jon Michael Crouch, 38, of Paducah, according to a police news release. Police say they found a handgun in the Mackies’ vehicle that fits the caliber of weapon used in the fatal shooting.

According to police, the incident occurred as the Mackies, of Kevil, Ky., drove next to Mr. Crouch’s vehicle. After a confrontation at a stop sign, police say the two vehicles drove about a half block when Mr. Mackie, 23, is believed to have fired into Mr. Crouch’s vehicle. Mr. Crouch was struck in the head, causing his car to speed down a hill, hit a utility pole and flip over. Mr. Crouch died the next day.

The release states that the shooting was the result of an ongoing dispute about a theft from the Mackies, but Capt. Brandon Barnhill declined to release further details.

“It’s not often that we look for husband and wife pairs, but we’ll just take it as it comes,” Capt. Barnhill said , adding that they married Wednesday.

“The Kentucky authorities indicated they had been trying to track these folks through the use of their cell phones and they got a hit on a tower in Aiken,” said Sid Gaulden , a spokesman for the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Aiken County authorities were notified of a general location about 7:30 p.m. and officers with Mr. Gaulden’s department responded, first spotting Mrs. Mackie, 38, outside a home in Murphy Village in North Augusta. A vehicle that fit a description provided by Kentucky authorities also was at the home, Mr. Gaulden said.

He said that as officers arrested Mrs. Mackie, Mr. Mackie appeared, made threatening comments and put his hands in his pockets. Officers took Mr. Mackie to the ground and arrested him, finding a knife in his pocket, Mr. Gaulden said. He said he didn’t know whether the couple knew anyone at the home, but Mr. Mackie does have family in Newberry, S.C.

Capt. Barnhill said he believes the area is a construction zone for new homes, adding “I think they didn’t have any place to go and they were right off the interstate and that’s how lucky you guys are.”

The couple were being held today at the Aiken County Detention Center pending extradition to Kentucky.


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