Brian Michael McGhee as 'The Future' in a promotional video.
A towering former professional wrestler known at one time or another as Donovan Ruddick, D.T. Porter and "The Future" is charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend in Tampa, Fla., authorities said Thursday.
Brian Michael McGhee — his real name — was released from a Tampa hospital Thursday for treatment of injuries he sustained when he crashed his car into a guardrail on Interstate 75 as authorities gave chase Wednesday night, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said. It didn't describe the nature of his injuries.
Because he had fled into Pasco County, where the crash occurred, he was booked into the Pasco County jail and will be taken back to Hillsborough County, the sheriff's office said. The Hillsborough sheriff didn't respond to a request for comment, but the Pasco County Sheriff's Office confirmed that it had McGhee in custody.
McGhee, 29, is accused of stabbing Bianca McGaughey, 25, at her Tampa apartment complex. She was pronounced dead at the scene with multiple stabs wounds in her torso and neck.
Pasco County, Fla., Sheriff's Office
Brian Michael McGhee
McGhee was parked outside the apartment complex about 8:25 p.m. ET Wednesday and spotted McGaughey, the sheriff's report said. They had ended a romantic relationship about a year ago, but McGhee had "continued contact with the victim," according to the sheriff's report.
"The defendant then exited his vehicle and approached the victim ... walking toward him. He then began stabbing the victim," it said. "The defendant then walked back to his vehicle and fled the apartment complex."
McGhee's car was spotted speeding north on I-75 toward Pasco County. As deputies gave chase, he crashed into a guardrail. Led by a K-9 dog named Chino, deputies cautiously approached the car and arrested McGhee.
The Pasco County sheriff listed McGhee as 6 feet, 7 inches tall and 270 pounds. It described his build as "muscular."
That should come as no surprise. As a heavyweight, McGhee progressed through the pro wrestling ranks and signed a developmental contract in 2010 with World Wrestling Entertainment — the major leagues.
McGhee wrestled in developmental matches until 2012 and even made it on to two WWE cards under the name "D.T. Porter" in 2011. He lost both tag-team matches, according to the Internet Wrestling Database.
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First published July 25 2013, 4:48 PM