Collierville man accused of murdering wife caught in Texas, police say

Published: Sep. 9, 2023 at 10:02 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 11, 2023 at 5:34 PM CDT
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COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. (WMC) - A Collierville man is expected to be extradited to Tennessee from Texas after police say he shot and killed his wife and injured another man with gunfire over the weekend.

Collierville police responded to the shooting Saturday night on Fulford Way. Police quickly identified the suspect as 52-year-old Eric Otten.

Eric’s wife, Jenni Otten, was pronounced dead on the scene. Another man, identified as Mark Cross, was found injured. They say Eric left the scene but was apprehended in Texas the next day with the help of several law agencies.

“Within six hours, from the time we received the phone call, Mr. Otten was in custody,” said Tyreece Miller with the U.S. Marshals Service. “And as Chief Lane mentioned, he was arrested in Gerald, Texas, by the Lonestar Fugitive Task Force Austin Division.”

Collierville police say when Eric returns to Collierville, he will be charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

Cross remains in the hospital in critical condition as of Monday night.

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