Wednesday, June 27, 2001

NEWS - Trooper's wife killed; mother hears news, dies

Trooper's wife killed; mother hears news, dies
Herald-Sun, The
Durham, NC
Wednesday, June 27, 2001

LANSING, Mich. - As Bernita White and her daughter walked toward a ticket booth at the city zoo , the state trooper's wife was cut down by a rifle bullet fired from more than 100 yards away.

On Tuesday, the identity of the person who fired the deadly shot and why remained a mystery.

Witnesses told police that one or two shots came from the woods at Potter Park Zoo , but no one saw the shooter. The lawyer for White 's husband acknowledged his client is under investigation but insisted he was not involved.

White , 41, a computer systems analyst, had filed for divorce a month ago, but the couple were still living together in suburban Lansing .

Seven hours after the slaying Saturday, police informed White 's mother of the killing.

Barbara Sims, 67, of Detroit, went into cardiac arrest and died.

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