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Suspect in Sanford double homicide returned to NC

Posted September 7, 2015 10:16 a.m. EDT

Billy Jo McLean

— A Sanford man charged with killing his wife and stepdaughter has been returned to North Carolina from Texas, where he was captured after fleeing with his stepson.

Billy Jo McLean, 54, was placed in the Lee County jail over the weekend and is expected to be arraigned on two counts of first-degree murder on Tuesday morning.

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, who was arrested four days later at a motel in the Texas Panhandle. 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.

Billy Jo McLean fought extradition to North Carolina, which delayed his return to face the charges.