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Sanford man charged in double homicide refuses extradition to NC

Posted July 20, 2015

— A Sanford man charged with killing his wife and stepdaughter a week ago has refused extradition from Texas, where he was apprehended last Thursday after fleeing North Carolina with his stepson.

Billy Jo McLean, 54, remains in custody in Oldham County, Texas, which is along Interstate 40 between Amarillo, Texas, and the New Mexico state line.

Firefighters found the bodies of Calandra McLean and her 13-year-old daughter, Tashonna Cameron, inside the family's 916 Clark Circle home last Monday 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.

Carla Hooker, a family friend and Tashonna's dance instructor, said the delay doesn't bother her.

"I know eventually he will have his day in court," Hooker said, adding that she wants the focus now on Tobias McLean and not his stepfather.

The teen returned to Sanford this weekend and was able to attend the Sunday funerals for his mother and sister.

"When Tobias came in, he came in by himself, and he was pumping his fist through the crowd," Hooker said. "He definitely showed the strength of a grown man two or three times his age."


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  • Paul Jones Jul 21, 2015
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    Oh, they don't care. They get paid regardless. They also don't care the least about the the man or anything else they prosecute. He's just one more in the system.

  • Jim Buchanan Jul 21, 2015
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    He's a suspected criminal, he should have no right to refuse!

  • Mark Farmer Jul 20, 2015
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    it is no matter that has refused extradition from Texas, He will be extradited from Texas, it just takes more time and getting the prosecution mad at him may be worse for him when court time comes.

  • Gabrielle Williams Jul 20, 2015
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    I wish he could be tried in Texas. The sentence he so justly deserves would be handed out and carried out. Death.

  • Brian Hill Jul 20, 2015
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    It is simply a delay tactic. The constitution requires states to extradite criminals; the only way a state can refuse extradition to another state is on technicalities that can be easily rectified (such as requesting the extradition of someone who has not been formally charged with a crime or paperwork errors).

  • Dan May Jul 20, 2015
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    Too bad he could not be tried and sentenced in Texas by Texas law. Justice much more likely to be carried out...

  • Paul Jones Jul 20, 2015
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    I should clarify that he was not charged at the time he left.

  • Paul Jones Jul 20, 2015
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    "federal charge of fleeing the state to avoid prosecution"

    That seems like a funny charge to suggest when the man hasn't been charged with a crime, yet.

  • Marcy Lyn Jul 20, 2015
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    State to State, no suspected felon should be able to fight extradition. That should not even been an issue inside the US.