How a Woman's Jealous Ex-Lover Killed a Stranger in a Case of Mistaken Identity

Playing What Led Woman’s Ex-Lover to Kill Stranger in Case of Mistaken Identity?

A Pennsylvania woman says her biggest regret is cheating on her husband, but she never expected it would lead to the murder of a total stranger.

“I did not think it was possible or that he was even capable of that,” Courtney Breese told Inside Edition. 

Six years ago, she was going through a rough patch with her husband, Jamie. She ended up having an affair with her childhood friend, John Wayne Strawser Jr. Whom she had reconnected with on Facebook. 

But when Courtney broke things off, she says Strawser started stalking her.

“He would text me more and more, call me more often,” she claimed. “I would try to answer him when I could, but over time, it got to the point where he would get frustrated with me, even angry with me if I didn't respond soon enough.”

Strawser even confronted Courtney’s husband, Jamie, she said.

“I pretty much said to him, ‘Back off. She's not your wife, she's not your girlfriend,’” Jamie said. “He started cussing and swearing. He said he was gonna kill me.”

That same night in April 2015, a young man neither Courtney nor her husband ever knew, was driving on a highway not far from their house. He was driving a silver SUV similar to the one owned by the couple. Out of nowhere someone started ramming his vehicle and shooting at him. The driver called 911 while driving over 100 miles an hour trying to get away.

The man calling 911 was 28-year-old Timothy Davison. He was shot in the head and died. 

The Breeses heard about it on the news. “I said, ‘Do you think it might've been John?’ and she said, ‘No, it couldn’t have been,’” Jamie recalled. 

The crime went unsolved for more than a year until police connected the murder weapon to Strawser.    

Now, Courtney says not a day goes by that she doesn't think about the innocent man who lost his life.

“I do have some guilt, knowing that I was the intended target, and my husband was, and this person was just at the wrong place at the wrong time,” she said. 

John Wayne Strawser Jr. is currently serving two consecutive life sentences. Along with shooting the man on the highway, he was also found guilty of killing his girlfriend.

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