TAMPA — A former professional wrestler stabbed his girlfriend to death Wednesday night, then led authorities on a chase until he crashed his car and was captured, investigators said.
Brian McGhee, 29, known by the ring name "DT Porter," faces a first-degree murder charge.
Deputies say he attacked 25-year-old Bianca McGaughey about 8:30 p.m. outside her Egypt Lakes-area apartment, stabbing her multiple times in the stomach.
She died at the scene.
About the time of the stabbing, according to a computer time stamp, McGhee posted a new profile picture on his Facebook page, showing what appears to be an arm or leg bleeding from a gash.
Authorities said he fled in a Pontiac Grand Prix before they arrived at the apartment at 8449 Del Lago Circle. They put out an alert for the car, and it was soon spotted in Tampa. Authorities from the Sheriff's Office, Florida Highway Patrol and Tampa Police Department gave chase.
He crashed into a guardrail in Pasco County near County Line Road and Interstate 75. Authorities sent in a German Shepherd mix named Chino, who helped catch McGhee.
Officials took the ex-wrestler to St. Joseph's Hospital. He was booked into the Pasco County jail Friday morning, dressed in a hospital gown.
McGhee, who also went by the nickname "The Future" Donovan Ruddick, is originally from St. Louis. Family there declined to talk to a reporter Thursday.
According to his Facebook page, McGhee had been employed by World Wrestling Entertainment from 2010 to 2012, and had been assistant manager of a pawn shop in St. Louis before that.
In a video on YouTube dated 2008, a man who identifies himself as "The Future" Donovan Ruddick posed for the camera and boasted that he is 6-feet-9 and 275 pounds.
McGaughey also was from St. Louis, though she lived in Tampa lately. On her Twitter profile, she states: "My family comes first. God is blessing me and i can't complain! ~Live,Laugh and Love~."
She was arrested once in Hillsborough County. Deputies say that during the summer of 2012, she and another woman marked down items and fraudulently returned them at Macy's at Westfield Brandon, where both of them worked.
The murder charge was McGhee's first arrest in Florida, state records show.
Neither McGhee nor McGaughey show up in the Sheriff's Office's calls for service, and there are no injunctions or other domestic-related filings in court records warning of problems.
Nonetheless, some had been worried about McGhee.
After he was released from World Wrestling Entertainment, he posted what some considered a cry for help on his Facebook page. It was quickly deleted and he denied posting it.
It stated: Guys, I don't know how much longer I can handle this. Every day is a constant struggle to keep my sanity. I love wrestling and it's all I ever wanted to do...
On a wrestling website, McGhee has a profile under "DT" Porter. His biography states that he "has never had it easy."
McGhee joined the U.S. Navy after high school, the bio states, and found confidence there. Then he became a wrestler.
"Once the oppressed, DT is the one now doing the enforcing," it states.
Times news researcher John Martin contributed to this report. Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 226-3433.