The Kentucky State Police have taken custody of Billy C. Utley from Saline County authorities.
Utley has waived extradition proceedings in Hardin County. He is currently being transported by KSP troopers to the Webster County Detention where he will be lodged and charged with Murder.
Utley was found and arrested around 4:30 a.m. at the Cave-In-Rock motel which is in Hardin County, Illinois.
We're told he did have a rifle in his possession, and that it was illegally obtained. His pregnant girlfriend was also with him. She has not been taken into custody at this time.
Authorities had been searching for 41-year-old, Utley all night; considering him 'armed and dangerous'. He is accused of shooting his estranged wife in the parking lot of the Wheatcroft Fire Department in Webster Co.
Investigators say, when they arrived on scene, they discovered Theresa A. Utley dead inside his vehicle. Authorities say further investigation seemed to indicate that Mrs. Utley's estranged husband shot her with a high powered rifle.
Investigators say Utley then fled. The Webster County Coroner pronounced Theresa Utley dead at the scene.
"We assumed that he was probably in one of the three counties, whether it be Webster, Union, or Henderson Counties. We had every available unit searching for him," said Corey King with KSP.
Utley is a registered sex offender, convicted of the rape and sodomy of a 12 year old in 2002. KSP says Utley is a white male, 5'9", 185 pounds, with blue eyes.
"I was amazed, three doors down," said Utley's neighbor Joyce Price.
"We were scared. We wanted to make sure we were all safe, the doors were locked," said neighbor Jennifer Price.
Neighbors Jennifer and Joyce Price say in the hours after police say Utley shot his estranged wife, they had detectives in the backyards of all the neighbors looking for clues.
"We have buildings out back and that's the first thing I thought about. There's one just out in the field and then there's others close to the house and I thought, 'oh my goodness that'd be such a good place for him to hide'," Joyce said.
Police say no one else was harmed and they're continuing to look into why this situation occurred in the first place.
"We're glad he's caught to where he can't harm anyone else, so we're just relieved," Jennifer said.
Police say this investigation is ongoing.
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