Caldwell County man arrested on negligent homicide charges

Willie Brite Jr.

A Caldwell County man wanted for criminally negligent homicide and a DWI was arrested and taken into custody Tuesday.

Willie Brite Jr. was indicted by a grand jury on Jan. 15 on charges that stemmed from the drowning death of a woman during the Halloween floods.

Authorities say Willie Brite Jr. deliberately drove his truck onto a barricaded, flooded road in Lockhart on Nov. 2, 2013. The low lying crossing on Polonia Road was covered by several feet of rushing water, and Brite’s truck was quickly fully submerged.

Brite made it out of the truck as it started taking on water heavily, but his passenger, Cynthia McKee, did not . For weeks, search crews looked for McKee, slow receding waters hindered efforts to locate her body.

On Nov. 12, 2013, her body was recovered in the creek.

Brite was taken to the Caldwell County Jail and bond was set at $200,000 for the two charges.

Brite has been charged with DWI and assault in the past. He was also jailed briefly on probation violations stemming from a restraining order placed upon him by a former girlfriend. That former girlfriend accused Brite of killing her children’s pet rabbit after it bit him.

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