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Man suspected in 2 Houston-area slayings this week arrested

53-year-old Russell Cormier, accused of fatally shooting his ex-wife and another person as well as shooting an injuring a third person, has been arrested after a manhunt in the Houston area. (Photo: Harris County Sheriff's Office)

HOUSTON (AP) -- A 53-year-old man who authorities say fatally shot his estranged wife and a second person before later shooting and injuring another person in the Houston area has been arrested following a manhunt.

The Harris County sheriff's office says Russell Cormier was arrested in an area park Friday morning.

Authorities say Cormier killed 61-year-old Fannie McWhite on Monday, took her pickup, drove to the trailer where he lived and set it on fire. He later drove to a business and fatally shot a 60-year-old man. Officials say Cormier went to a home early Tuesday and shot a man once, injuring him.

Cormier, who is charged with murder in McWhite's death, was in jail Friday morning on $500,000 bond. Jail records didn't list an attorney for him.

Investigators haven't revealed a motive.

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