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Sanford double murder suspect moved to different Texas jail

Posted July 22, 2015

Billy Jo McLean

— Two days after he refused extradition to North Carolina, a Sanford man charged with killing his wife and stepdaughter has been moved to a different jail in Texas, his attorney said Wednesday.

Billy Jo McLean, 54, remains in custody in Randall County, Texas, which is south of Amarillo in the Texas panhandle.

Rus L. Bailey, who was appointed to represent McLean through the extradition process, says McLean was moved to the Randall County jail from a facility in Oldham County because he is not doing well physically.

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 McLean, who was arrested at a motel in Windorado, Texas. His 17-year-old stepson, 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.

Because Billy Jo McLean won't waive extradition, Sanford police said, Lee County District Attorney Susan Doyle will draw up a governor's warrant for Gov. Pat McCrory to sign. The warrant would then be sent to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, petitioning him to send McLean back to North Carolina without an extradition hearing.

The governor's warrant process could take up to 90 days to complete, police said.

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  • Gabrielle Williams Jul 22, 2015
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    awww him don't feel good so he has to go to another jail. Suck it up BUTTERCUP...You killed a mother and her child and kidnapped her other child. We don't care that you have a few little burns. A mother and child were buried on Sunday. I hope you die a slow and painful death right up there in Texas.