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Death penalty sought against Sanford man in deaths of wife, stepdaughter

Posted November 16, 2015

Billy Jo McLean

— Prosecutors said Monday that they plan to seek the death penalty against a Sanford man charged with killing his wife and stepdaughter in July.

Firefighters found the bodies of Calandra McLean and her 13-year-old daughter, Tashonna Cameron, inside the family's 916 Clark Circle home on July 13 after extinguishing a blaze in the home.

A nationwide search ensued for Billy Jo McLean, 54, who was arrested four days later at a motel in the Texas Panhandle, where he had fled with his stepson.

Seventeen-year-old Tobias McLean, who had walked to a nearby diner while Billy Jo McLean slept, learned from Facebook about the deaths of his mother and sister and the manhunt for his stepfather and asked diner employees to call 911.

Billy Jo McLean fought extradition to North Carolina but was returned to the state in September.


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  • Jim Frei Nov 17, 2015
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    Is this guy a Syrian refugee? Protect us, Pat.

  • Wayne Douglas III Nov 16, 2015
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    Of course he should receive the death penalty. Why was there even a question of this?