BELLINGHAM - A Bellingham resident plans to represent himself as he fights extradition to rural East Texas on a murder charge, he said at his first appearance in court Friday afternoon, Jan. 17.
For background, see the story from today's paper here.
Whatcom County sheriff's deputies suspect Billy Michael Dupree, 59 — or a man using that alias — has lived at 1311 Lakeway Drive, near Carl Cozier Elementary School, since at least early 2012. He'd been arrested several times in the past two years, but police weren't aware he had a murder warrant for his arrest until this week, when authorities in Van Zandt County, Texas, faxed the papers to Bellingham.
Dupree was taken to jail around 2:30 p.m. Thursday. He stands accused of murdering 72-year-old Paul Marshal in September '09. In Texas he used a slightly different name. The sheriff's office in Van Zandt County had not returned a Herald reporter's message as of Friday.
Dupree now faces extradition. In the meantime, Superior Court Commissioner Martha V. Gross set bail at $1 million.
More from our @BhamCrime Twitter feed:
He plans to fight extradition. Wants to represent himself. Public defender handed him her card. "That really won't be necessary," he said. — Bellingham Crime (@bhamcrime) January 17, 2014
He's accused of murdering a 72-year-old man in Van Zandt County, Texas. See Dupree's old mugshot here. http://t.co/PKA40ejOPo — Bellingham Crime (@bhamcrime) January 17, 2014
Court records show Dupree has lived here since 2012. Paul Marshal, 72, was found dead in Sept. '09, in a home an hour's drive from Dallas. — Bellingham Crime (@bhamcrime) January 17, 2014
In court Friday, Dupree rested his forehead on a black cane, his eyes shut. He tugged at his mustache as he waited for his hearing to begin. — Bellingham Crime (@bhamcrime) January 18, 2014
Once he stood up, he told the court commissioner, Martha Gross, he didn't want his picture taken for the newspaper. — Bellingham Crime (@bhamcrime) January 18, 2014
Gross told him it's a public court. So Dupree turned his back to the photographer for the whole hearing. — Bellingham Crime (@bhamcrime) January 18, 2014
Police believe Dupree used fake names and birth dates to avoid detection. He has been wanted for murder for 4 1/2 years. — Bellingham Crime (@bhamcrime) January 18, 2014
"Is your true name Billy Michael Dupree?" Gross asked him Friday. "Yes," he said. — Bellingham Crime (@bhamcrime) January 18, 2014