William Carter mug shot

William Carter

A man suspected of using his car to run over and kill his wife as well as another man before escaping from jail in Missouri has been arrested in New Orleans, according to authorities.

William Joshua Carter, 27, was booked into New Orleans' jail as a fugitive on Saturday afternoon. The Sheriff's Office in Pemiscot County, Missouri, confirmed Carter was one of two inmates who escaped from the jail there on Oct. 15. They got out from behind bars through an air duct and by jumping over a fence, and then they managed to elude a sizeable manhunt, according to media reports.

Carter was facing a first-degree murder charge after police said he purposely rammed a vehicle into Heather Hampton Carter, 26, and Aaron Campbell, 25, in Kennett, Missouri, in June 2016. Campbell died at the scene of the incident, and Carter was pronounced dead at a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

U.S. Marshals said they had reason to believe Carter was staying at a building on Loyola Avenue. State Police then stopped him as he walked near the corner of Claiborne and Tulane avenues. 

A nationwide alert about Carter's escape had been issued, and both the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Office as well as the U.S. Marshals offered a reward of up to $3,000 for any information leading to the capture of Carter and the other escaped inmate, Joseph Latamondeer. 

Latamondeer, 41, remained at large. Authorities said he was awaiting sentencing on a domestic violence charge, among other legal problems. 

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