Homicide Suspect from Texas Living in Whatcom County Apprehended
On January 16th, 2014 the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Officials from Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office in Texas regarding a suspect in a 2009 homicide case under investigation there, who they believed may be in custody in the Whatcom County Jail. The suspect, Billy Michael Dupree, 59 years of age had been in custody serving time on a commitment for harassment and assault 4th degree. He was released the evening of January 13, 2014.
WCSO Detectives placed Dupree’s residence under surveillance and determined that he had boarded a WTA bus. Dupree was apprehended without incident when he departed the bus in downtown Bellingham. He was booked into the Whatcom County Jail at 1420 hours, and is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow.
The Warrant, issued today by a Van Zandt County Magistrate lists the charge of Murder, 19.02(b)(1) Felony of the First Degree.
It is believed that Dupree has lived in Whatcom County for the last several years and has been booked into the Whatcom County Jail for arrests that occurred in 2012, 2013 and on this date. He has a number of arrests and criminal convictions on his record, the most serious of which is a 15 year sentence for Aggravated Robbery out of Dallas Texas.
Detectives will be working with Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office regarding the 2009 investigation and with the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to determine extradition.