Trucker Accused of Murdering Woman in His Truck Makes Deal to Avoid Death Penalty
Lewisburg, PA – A trucker accused of heinously killing a woman in his semi-truck before dumping her body along a Pennsylvania interstate will avoid the death penalty if convicted of murder.
Tracy Ray Rollins Jr., 29, of Dallas, TX, is charged with criminal homicide and abuse of a corpse in the gruesome shooting death of Rebecca Landrith, 47, of Alexandria, VA, in February of this year.
However, a deal Union County District Attorney D. Peter Johnson struck with Rollins will keep the former long-haul trucker from facing execution if he is found guilty.
According to a PennLive report, Johnson agreed not to seek the death penalty if Rollins waived his preliminary hearing, which he did.
Rollins’s formal arraignment had been scheduled for later this month.
Investigators said Landrith’s body was discovered on Sunday, February 7 on the eastbound exit ramp to I-80 at mile marker 199 in Union County.
After identifying Rollins as a suspect — using a receipt in Landrith’s pocket and examining phone records — police tracked him and his 2018 Volvo semi-truck to a TravelCenters of America in Milldale, CT, about 270 miles from where Landrith’s body was found.
He was taken into custody without incident.
Investigators believe Rollins likely committed the heinous act inside his truck.
According to the arrest affidavit, flesh and brain-like matter was found on the bottom bunk mattress behind the passenger seat and beneath the exterior top stair gate.
Further, bullet holes were discovered in the rear wall behind the passenger seat and above the bottom bunk in the sleeper.
Investigators also indicated blood was present inside the vehicle as well as residue of a powdery cleaning agent.
In addition, court documents reveal six 9mm shell casings were recovered from the front floorboard and the floorboard behind the passenger seat.
Rollins remains jailed without bail.