Billy Joe Delacey indicted in murder of male escort he met on Craigslist

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Billy Joe Delacey is a U.S. Army veteran who had two war-zone deployments. But this service to his country didn't prevent him from being indicted in relation to a brutal crime -- the fatal Mesa County beating of a male escort he's said to have met on Craigslist.

See the indictment and get details below.

At around 6:20 a.m. on August 1, 2011, according to the indictment, Mesa County Sheriff deputies were sent to an apartment on the 500 block of 29 Road, where they found the body of Luis "Beto" Oliva," a 26 year old described as an undocumented Mexican national. He was naked and laying face up on a deflated air mattress, with a large amount of blood pooled around his head and dried to his face.

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Luis Oliva.
An autopsy later determined that Oliva died from blunt force trauma inflicted upon him from behind.

The initial report came from Morayma Alejandra, Oliva's part-time roommate. She was in Denver when the crime was committed, having last seen Oliva when he'd taken her to the local bus station a couple of days earlier. He was supposed to pick her up at the station early on August 1 but never showed up.

Shortly thereafter, investigators were led to Brandon Wathan, Oliva's romantic partner; he called the late Beto his "wife." The pair had recently become unemployed, said Wathan, so they began advertising for Oliva to perform male massages and "sexual services" on Craigslist -- and they continued to do so even after Wathan was hired to work for an oil-rig catering company.

A search of Craigslist correspondence before the service pulled the plug on the account for violating its standards revealed that Oliva had been scheduled to rendezvous with a person using the e-mail address ninetysevenecho@gmail.com on July 30, and again on July 31. The e-mailer identified himself as a resident of Fruita, Colorado, named Billly, with the arrangements for the second meeting implying that something had gone wrong at the first meet-up. Billy's message read in part, "I promise I won't be nervous again. I'll cum this time I swear."

The exchanges also included some negotiating. Billy offered $80 for sex, while Oliva demanded $100 -- the amount of cash found in a hall closet shared by Oliva and Wathan. Moreover, a photo sent by Billy was subsequently identified as Delacey by comparing it to a previous mug shot of him.

Continue to read more about the case against Billy Joe Delacey.



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RealisticalySpeaking
RealisticalySpeaking

Fingerprints?, DNA from the crime scene? Body fluids around or inside of the victim. Footprints, (size) on the floor. Weapon of use. I think someone should check with forensics on this case for an absolute match. This article does not have enough information. (A killer could be someone very close to him, and not a random person online. or vice versa) whichever the case, if the victim usually had his friends as visitors in his apartment or he has a roomate, i doubt a random person would inflict a crime when he knows someone will go home later and find the victim. Unless a random person has conjuered up that much hate. But to have alot of hate on a person, one must know a person well at a certain level more than just a mere acquaintance degree to generate feelings of hate. (Unless the motive is money) then it's reasonable it could be a random person. I wouldn't be surprised if it's someone closer. If the victim died from a blow to the back of his head. My only question is, why was he found laying with his face up. when the hit was on the back? Whoever did it probably wanted to see his face before they left the scene. 

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Is he fighting extradition ? If so , this could end up costing the county money they do NOT have .

Result , even w/ the amount of undocumented people living in the area , the late Mr. Oliva will be less construed than an American national behind the D.A.'s closed doors & a 20 - 25 year plea agreement will be finalized in principle before Delacey ever boards a plane to return . His military service provides plenty of mental health issues for which the D.A. will most certainly use as being figured into the plea arrangement .

The stench from this grows overpowering !....

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