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Georgia man held in wife's killing

A Hernando County sheriff's deputy helps catch the man after noting a tag number at a McDonald's.

By Compiled from staff and wire reports

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 7, 2000

A 50-year-old Georgia man suspected in the shooting death of his wife was arrested Tuesday after a Hernando County sheriff's deputy noticed his car in a McDonald's parking lot.

Billy Donald Cannon was charged with murder, said Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman John Bankhead.

Bryan Faulkingham spotted Cannon's 1990 Ford Explorer about 5 p.m. in the parking lot of a McDonald's at State Road 50 and Interstate 75.

The deputy recognized the Explorer and its tag number as one listed in a bulletin deputies received at the start of their Tuesday afternoon shift.

Deputies took Cannon to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office without incident.

Cannon's wife, Deborah, was found shot to death Sunday in Rutledge, Ga. Authorities issued a warrant for Cannon's arrest.

Morgan County officials said Cannon shot his 35-year-old wife in the right temple Sunday morning. He then took their two children and rode around before dropping them off at at a neighbor's house.

Bankhead said that a domestic dispute led to the shooting.

Staff writers Jounice Nealy and Lisa Buie contributed to this report. Information from the Athens Banner-Herald also was used in this report.

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