Steve Whittingham, 48, was arrested in the stabbing deaths of his wife, Jonelle Barker, 36, and her alleged lover, Jerome Barrett, in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn early Wednesday morning. Barker was allegedly cheating on her husband with Barrett.
The NY Daily News reports Barrett’s naked body was found outside the Spring Creek Towers shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday. Barker’s body was found in the trunk of Barrett’s car.
NY Daily News: Jerome Barrett, 35, is believed to have been having sex with a co-worker in a car parked near his East New York home when the woman’s cuckolded husband interrupted their sexual encounter early Wednesday, police sources said. The lovers were naked.
The husband, Steve Whittingham, 48, stabbed Barrett several times in the chest and did the same to his wife, Jonelle Barker, 36, killing them both, police said in announcing Whittingham’s arrest early Thursday night.
Barrett, who also was married, was mortally wounded but managed to flee, still naked and clutching his clothing and wallet, the sources said. He made his way to the entrance of an apartment building on Louisiana Ave. near Seaview Ave. in the Spring Creek Towers shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday, the sources said. He was ringing the buzzer at the main entrance, trying to summon help, when his wounds overcame him, the sources said. His clothes and wallet were found a few feet from his body, just outside the building’s entrance.
A day later, about 3:30 a.m. Thursday, Barrett’s car, a Kia, was found parked on New Lots Ave. in Brownsville, the sources said.
Steve Whittingham was charged with one count of second-degree murder and one count of first-degree murder. If convicted, he is facing life without the possibility of parole.