Mississippi inmate questioned about truck-stop slayings

Investigators searching for answers in the

possible serial killings of seven women believed abducted from

truck stops in several Southern states have again questioned a man

imprisoned in Mississippi on an unrelated murder charge.

A Texas investigator visited Mississippi last month to interview

state inmate John Robert Williams, officials said. Investigators

from a multistate task force also came to Mississippi to question

Williams and his girlfriend, Rachel Cumberland, two years ago.

Six of the victims were known truck-stop prostitutes whose nude

or partially clothed bodies were found in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas

and Mississippi between 2003 and 2004.

Williams, 30, is serving a life sentence at the Mississippi

State Penitentiary at Parchman on an unrelated murder charge.

Williams pleaded guilty in 2004 to the kidnapping and shooting

death of Nikki Hill, a Neshoba County woman that he and Cumberland

met at a casino. Cumberland, 37, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in

the case and is serving a 20-year sentence.

Lt. Col. David Shaw, director of the Mississippi Bureau of

Investigation, said no other cases have been officially connected

to the two, according to a www.clarionledger.com article.

But "the investigation is still ongoing," Shaw said.

Lt. John Luna of the Grapevine, Texas, Police Department, said

Friday, "Our investigator met with Mr. Williams two or three weeks


"He also met with other law enforcement agencies involved in

the investigation to see if there are common links." Luna said.

"We just have to develop leads to get an indictment in our case."

The Texas case involves the death of Casey Jo Pipestem, 19, a

member of the Seminole tribe, whose body was found in January 2004

off a bridge in Grapevine. She last had been seen alive at an

Oklahoma City truck stop.