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Bellingham resident agrees to return to Texas for murder charge

BELLINGHAM — A man suspected of moving to Bellingham to evade a murder warrant out of rural east Texas has volunteered to go home and face the charges, according to court records.

Bill Michael Dupree, 59 — or a man using that alias — said at his first court appearance he would fight extradition to the Lone Star State. He's accused of killing Paul Marshal, 72, in 2009 at a home in Van Zandt County, about an hour's drive east of Dallas.

This week he signed paperwork saying he'd return. He's still housed in our county jail. Texan authorities are expected fly him to Van Zandt County by the end of February, said Whatcom County Chief of Corrections Wendy Jones.

For more on Dupree's case, see this story on his arrest last month.