Fugitive awaits extradition; wife unaware of husband's crimes

Friday, February 16th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

IRMO, S.C. (AP) -- Becky Singleton met her future husband Jonathan Kincaid at a gas station in Chattanooga, Tenn., four months ago. The couple married in December in her mother's living room in Georgia and looked forward to what promised to be a bright future.

But "Jonathan Kincaid" turned out to be Aurlieas Dame McClarty, one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted fugitives. He is wanted in a double homicide in Florida and crimes in three other states McClarty, 22, was added to the FBI list just days before he was taken into custody this week at the Irmo home he shared with Singleton.

"He carried a Bible and said he went to junior college,"

Singleton said. "He told me he never went to jail and never had a record. Apparently, it was all lies."

Singleton said she feels lucky she and her 2-year-old son were unharmed during her relationship with McClarty.

"He was a very smart man," she said. "He can outtalk and outsmart people."

McClarty is a suspect in the killings of two Orlando, Fla., truck rental employees last July and in the robbery of a Citizens National Bank in Laurel, Md., last October. He also faces a criminal deception charge in Indiana and unspecified charges in Oklahoma.

FBI agents picked Singleton up from work around 3 Wednesday afternoon and told her who her husband really was, she told The (Columbia) State newspaper Thursday.

"The only part I was concerned about was what he was wanted for. I was just scared what he might do to my son," she said. At the time she spoke with FBI agents, her son, Davonte, was at home with McClarty.

A search of the house after the arrest, yielded driver's licenses from several states, birth certificates and other forms of ID, Singleton said.

On Thursday, U.S. Magistrate Joseph McCrorey in Columbia ordered McClarty transferred either to Florida or Maryland by U.S. marshals to face federal charges there.

George Burttram, the FBI's special agent in Columbia, said federal and state prosecutors haven't yet decided which charges McClarty will face first.

Singleton got one more surprise from her husband. Because McClarty used a false name to marry her, their Dec. 19 marriage is null and void, agents told her.

"He's a bad experience that maybe I will learn from," she said.