Trucker Murders Trucker Before Turning Gun on Himself in Dispute Over Wife’s Alleged Affair
Mahtomedi, MN – A months-long love triangle culminated in tragedy in the early morning hours on Monday as a trucker murdered a fellow driver before taking his own life.
The deadly incident unfolded at a FedEx facility located at 7 Long Lake Rd. in Mahtomedi at approximately 2:30 a.m.
According to investigators, David Peterson, 49, of Blaine, MN, fatally shot Todd Wilemon, 58, of Mississippi, in the head as Wilemon was unhooking a trailer from his truck.
Wilemon was pronounced dead at the scene.
Peterson then turned the gun on himself and later died at a nearby hospital, investigators said.
The Star Tribune reported Wilemon and Peterson’s wife, Tina, who is also a professional trucker, had been involved in a months-long affair.
According to Wilemon’s estranged wife, Deborah, Wilemon moved to Minnesota to be with Tina in October of 2020.
Wilemon, who had driven for ABF Freight for the majority of his 35-year career and accumulated 2.75 million accident-free miles, had also recently begun working for Ravenwood Transport, a FedEx contractor of which Peterson was the president.
However, Deborah said Wilemon had been discussing the prospects of moving back to Mississippi to re-unite with her.
In recent emails to her sent from Wilemon, Deborah described her husband as expressing “fear” and “hopelessness” over a “misunderstanding” he had with Tina.
Investigators told Deborah that Tina was asleep inside Wilemon’s truck at the time of the murder-suicide, according to the Tribune.
Wilemon and Tina each served as America’s Road Team Captains from 2019 to 2020.
According to the American Trucking Associations (ATA), Tina has achieved more than 1.8 million accident-free miles during the course of her more than 15-year career.
Tina and Peterson have one child and two grandchildren while Wilemon and Deborah parented six children together (three daughters and three sons), according to their America’s Road Team Captain bios.
“We are shocked and saddened by this tragic incident and extend our deepest condolences to the families and team members of those involved,” a FedEx spokeswoman said in a statement. “The safety of our team members is our top priority, and we are cooperating fully with law enforcement as they conduct their investigation.”
ATA has not yet commented on the horrific tragedy.