Fugitive identified as suspect in Alabama homicide

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A man believed to have shot himself after a pursuit by state police that ended near Alma has been identified as a suspect in an Alabama homicide.

Lindsey Scott Carter, 44, of Paint Rock, Ala. was identified Monday by Arkansas State Police. Carter died Sunday after a high-speed chase on Interstate 40 that crossed from Franklin into Crawford County.

Based on preliminary witness statements, police believe Carter shot himself after his car was stopped by state troopers, according to an Arkansas State Police news release.

Carter had been identified by Alabama authorities as a fugitive wanted in connection with a homicide committed Saturday.

About 12:50 p.m., a state trooper spotted a 2006 Honda Accord near Clarksville that matched the description of a vehicle believed to be occupied by an Alabama fugitive, according to the news release.

As the vehicle approached Ozark in Franklin County, the trooper stopped the car. The driver, identified as Misty Burgess, 36, of Ava, Ala., jumped from the vehicle and fled on foot. She was arrested in Franklin County.

Carter, who was hiding from view, took control of the car and continued west as police took chase.

Shortly after 1 p.m. a trooper from Troop H out of Fort Smith who had begun to search for the suspect vehicle along I-40 came into contact with the car. Pursuit lasted about 30 minutes before the suspect was stopped.

Troopers who approached the car found the driver dead. The incident is under internal review and the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division will conduct an investigation that will be turned over to local prosecuting attorneys, according to the news release.

Burgess has been released with no charges pending in Arkansas, according to the news release, though she has been arrested in Alabama on a charge of hindering apprehension.

Carter was a suspect in the murder investigation of Amy Murphy, 34, who was found Sunday shot to death in her home in northeast Alabama, according to WAFF-TV in Huntsville, Ala.

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