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Deputies: Former wrestler fatally stabs woman in Tampa


Published:   |   Updated: July 25, 2013 at 05:52 PM

TAMPA - A former professional wrestler will be charged with murder after he  stabbed a woman Wednesday night at a Tampa apartment complex, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

Brian McGhee, 29, fled the apartment complex after the stabbing, which occurred at around 8:30 p.m., the sheriff's office said. The apartment complex is located at 8451 Del Lago Circle, Tampa.

Deputies were alerted by a 911 call and arrived to find the female victim, 25-year-old Bianca McGaughey, stabbed multiple times in the torso and neck and lying on the sidewalk. She died at the scene as a result of her injuries.

Detective learned that McGhee parked in the complex, then attacked her as she walked toward him, the sheriff's office said. Investigators discovered McGhee and McGaughey had previously dated, but had stopped seeing each other a year ago.  McGhee, however, had continued contact with the victim.

McGhee's vehicle was spotted in Tampa and a pursuit involving Hillsborough deputies, the Florida Highway Patrol and Tampa Police Department ended near Interstate 75 and  County Road 41 in Pasco County where the suspect's vehicle crashed.

McGhee was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa for treatment of injuries from the crash and apprehension by a canine. McGhee has been booked into the Land O'Lakes Detention Center. He will be transported back to the Hillsborough County Jail at a later date. He will be charged with first-degree murder, deputies said.

About 30 minutes after the stabbing was reported, McGhee updated the profile picture on his Facebook page of a cut arm with a bloody wound. Friends and family left messages for him to contact them and to do the right thing.

McGhee wrestled under the names Donovan Ruddick and D.T. Porter. He also used the nickname "The Future." He started his wrestling career in 2006, according to a pro wrestling web site.

In 2009, Pro Wrestling Illustrated ranked McGhee 476 out of 500 best single wrestlers. At one time, he was signed by the World Wrestling Entertainment, but in 2012 his contract with WWE ended, according to his Facebook page.

According to his Facebook page, McGhee was in the U.S. Navy from 2002 to 2004.

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