Ex-pro wrestler arrested in fatal Tampa stabbing
TAMPA, Fla. — A former professional wrestler whose Facebook page showed a photo of a bloody body part Wednesday evening faces murder charges in the stabbing death of a woman at a Tampa apartment complex, authorities said.
Hillsborough County Sheriff's officials said Brian McGhee, 29, will be charged with first degree murder but he hasn't been booked into the county jail because of injuries he received in a car crash when fleeing from deputies late Wednesday.
The victim was identified as Bianca McGaughey, 25.
According to Hillsborough County Sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter, deputies were called to an apartment complex around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. There, they found a woman who had been stabbed several times. She died at the scene.
McGhee was named as a suspect and his car was spotted. Deputies say McGhee fled from officers and crashed his car near Interstate 75, north of downtown Tampa, in Pasco County. McGhee was taken to a Tampa hospital, where he was being treated Thursday morning.
A photo of what appears to be a bleeding arm or leg was posted at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday to a Facebook page under McGhee's name. It's unclear who the body part belongs to. The photo had been made McGhee's Facebook profile photo.
McGhee, who previously lived in St. Louis, Mo., went by the wrestling monikers “The Future” Donovan Roddick and DT Porter. According to his Facebook page, McGhee had been employed by World Wrestling Entertainment from 2010 to 2012.
On a pro wrestling website, McGhee — going by the name DT Porter — is described as being 6-feet, 6-inches tall, 251 pounds and a victim of childhood bullying.
“Once the oppressed, DT is the one now doing the enforcing,” his wrestling bio read. “Determined to take out all of his childhood pain and torment out on the bodies of his opposition, DT lacks mercy, and will deliver great anger and furious vengeance on any who stand in his way.”
While the vast majority of wrestlers are peaceful outside the ring, there have been other domestic violence incidents involving the stars. In 2007, wrestler Chris Benoit killed his wife and son, then hanged himself in his Georgia home. Just this month, a film company announced that a movie about Benoit's life and death is under way.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Rossi: Looking at the next great Steeler
- Ability to clog the trenches crucial to Steelers defense
- Steelers swap draft pick for Eagles cornerback
- Zimbabwe alleges Murrysville doctor illegally killed lion
- After early criticism, Haley has Steelers offense poised to be even better
- Penguins not alone in top-heavy approach to salary cap
- EPA diktats: Pushing back
- Steelers notebook: Injuries finally become issue at training camp
- Starting 9: Examining Pirates’ deadline decisions
- Shell shovels millions into proposed Beaver County plant site
- Pirates notebook: New acquisition Happ more than happy to fill spot in rotation