Billy Joe Delacey accused of killing escort he met on Craigslist
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -
A 36-year-old man is accused of killing a male escort he met for sex on the website Craigslist.
The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports Billy Joe Delacey, a former resident of Fruita, was arrested Friday at his home in Lansdale, Pa.
The arrest came a day after a judge signed off on a grand jury indictment alleging first-degree murder, second-degree murder, possession of sexually exploitative material and misdemeanor theft.
Delacey is accused in the beating death of 26-year-old Luis Alberto Vasquez Oliva, or "Beto."
Investigators say they were called the morning of Aug. 1, 2011, by Oliva's partner and roommate, Brandon Wathan, who found Oliva on a deflated air mattress with a large amount of blood pooled around his head.
Wathan told investigators Oliva had recently started advertising male-on-male massages and sex on Craigslist.
“Brandon said they had begun providing services because they were unemployed recently,” according to a grand jury indictment.
Delacey is a veteran of the U.S. Army and was deployed twice to both Iraq and Afghanistan.
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