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Bail denied for wrestler suspected in fatal stabbing

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Published:   |   Updated: July 26, 2013 at 12:02 PM

TAMPA - Former wrestler Brian McGhee, accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend, told deputies he remembers driving to the woman's home to tell her goodbye because he was planning to kill himself, a judge said Friday.

Circuit Judge Walter Heinrich denied bail for McGhee, 29, in the stabbing death of Bianca McGaughey on Wednesday night, telling McGhee, "You're facing life in prison where the presumption is great and the evidence is great against you."

The judge also said the former professional wrestler has "mental health issues that will need to be explored" by the defense.

Reading from reports, Heinrich said that after the slaying, McGhee called someone believed to be McGhee's sister and "admitted to her you just killed this lady and you were now going to try to harm yourself."

Deputies, Heinrich said, "got a description of the car and tracked you down. You tried to run from them. You got as far as Pasco County. You went to the hospital and at the hospital, you did an interview with the officers. You said something about you remember driving over to her residence to to tell her goodbye because you were going to kill yourself and that you don't remember much after that. You did say you remembered calling your sister and telling her you'd killed the woman."

McGhee's lawyer asked for bail, noting McGhee has lived in Hillsborough County for 2 1/2 years and that his wife, sister and 11-year-old child live in the area. McGhee also works at a screen printing company and as a bouncer at three different clubs in Ybor City.

Half an hour after sheriff's office learned of the stabbing, McGhee posted a new profile picture on his Facebook page. The picture depicted a bloody arm wound.

Authorities said McGhee and the victim had dated, but stopped seeing each other about a year ago. McGhee kept in contact with McGaughey.

After the stabbing, McGhee drove off and was spotted around midnight heading north on Interstate 275, authorities said. When he entered Pasco County, deputies dropped spike strips on the roadway. McGhee crashed into a guardrail as he left the interstate.

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