Trooper's wife killed; mother hears news, dies
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.