05/20/2003 11:00PM

Holbrook arrested in killing of former wife


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Roger Holbrook, who had been sought by police for over six months in connection with the murder of his former wife, trainer Barbara Holbrook, was captured last weekend, just hours after he was the subject of the Saturday night Fox television program "America's Most Wanted."

A tip into the program's hotline led police to find Roger Holbrook, 56, in Byrdstown, Tenn., a small town on the Kentucky border, about 2 1/2 hours northeast of Nashville. The show's website said Holbrook had lived in the area for about four months and was unemployed.

After several officers from the Pickett County (Tenn.) Sheriff's Department surrounded the house where Holbrook was living, he surrendered without incident and told them he had seen himself on the television program and that they "didn't wait too long to get here."

Roger and Barbara Holbrook, who had no children, worked together for years at River Downs and other tracks in the region.

Barbara Holbrook was shot to death in Yorksville, Ind., on Nov. 5. Soon after the killing, detectives traced Roger Holbrook's abandoned car to Memphis, Tenn., but the trail grew cold.

Holbrook is expected to be extradited to Indiana to be tried for first-degree murder.