TUPELO, Miss.–You might remember the story of Thomas Lee, the man who killed his wife and four other people, including members of her family in Georgia, who then came to Mississippi, where he was caught at the bus station in Tupelo. A judge in Georgia sentenced him to spend the rest of his life in prison.
Lee pleaded guilty to murder, but also pleaded mentally ill, as part of a plea agreement. He has no possibility of parole.
After the killings on Jan. 28 in Troup County, Ga., Lee’s picture went up across the country. When he got to Tupelo, he asked a local pastor for help getting a bus ticket.
“The church got him a bus ticket. He was given a bride to the bus station in Tupelo,” said Troupe County Sheriff James Woodruff.
Woodruff said once Lee left and the pastor realized who he had just helped, he tipped off the police.
“He contacted Mississippi authorities that went to the bus station and were able to arrest him.”