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Texas murder fugitive to fight extradition from Bellingham

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.

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