U.S. Army vet accused of beating male escort to death

Billy Joe Delacey

Billy Joe Delacey

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – A U.S. Army veteran is accused of killing a male escort he met on Craigslist, according to a grand jury indictment.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports that Billy Joe Delacey was arrested Friday morning at his home in Lansdale, Pa., after a judge signed off on a grand jury indictment. The indictment alleges first-degree murder, second-degree murder, possession of sexually exploitative material and misdemeanor theft, according to the paper.

Delacey, a 36-year-old former resident of Fruita, is accused of beating 26-year-old Luis Alberto Vasquez Oliva, or “Beto,” to death last year.

Investigators said Olivia’s roommate, Morayma Alejandra, called them on Aug. 1, 2011, after he found Olivia lying on a deflated air mattress with a large amount of blood pooled around his head, according to the paper.

An autopsy showed Olivia suffered blunt-force trauma, with a single blow to the back of his head and multiple injuries to his face, according to the indictment.

Olivia’s partner, Brandon Wathan, told investigators that Olivia recently started advertizing male-on-male sex and massages on Craigslist, according to the Sentinel.

Delacey was deployed twice to both Iraq and Afghanistan when he spent time in the U.S. Army. The suspect told investigators he served as a human intelligence officer, but that has not been confirmed according to the paper.

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