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Arizona police arrest Boone County shooting suspect returning from Mexico

Garland Wisley
Garland Wisley


A Columbia man wanted in a January shooting death was arrested in Arizona as he tried to re-enter the country from Mexico, the Boone County Sheriff's Department says.

Officers arrested Garland B. Wisley, 60, on Saturday morning after he applied for entry into the United States, according to the public information officer for the San Luis Police Department.

“He went through the normal channels," said SLPD Lt. Marco Santana.

Santana credited the Boone County Sheriff's Department for getting the warrant filed against Wisley. "Without (the warrant), this guy would have been able to get through the port of entry without any issues," he said.

Wisley was charged with second-degree murder in the Jan. 13 killing of John Albers, 38, on Sarazen Drive.

Witnesses told investigators at the time that Wisley was in an argument with another person when Albers tried to step-in.

According to the probable cause statement, Albers told Wisley to hand over his gun when Albers was shot. Wisley allegedly told another witness he shot Albers in the face.

Investigators already had believed Wisley had left the country, the sheriff's department said in a news release. It wasn't clear when Wisley first went to Mexico, or why he was trying to re-enter the United States.

Wisley's extradition to Boone County is pending.

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