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Man wanted for 2009 Van Zandt Co. murder arrested in Washington

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Billy Michael Dupree, 59. Photo from Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office 2009 release. Billy Michael Dupree, 59. Photo from Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office 2009 release.
BELLINGHAM, WA (KLTV) -

A man wanted for a 2009 murder in Van Zandt County has been arrested in Washington.

Whatcom County, Washington Sheriff's Deputies arrested Billy Michael Dupree, 59, after he exited a transit bus in Bellingham, Wash.

Deputies had been tracking Dupree after being contacted by Van Zandt County, Texas investigators. The investigators believed Dupree may have been in the Whatcom County Jail, but officials there said Dupree was released on Monday evening after being held on harassment and assault charges.

Authorities arrested Dupree on a first degree murder warrant issued by a Van Zandt County judge. Dupree was booked into the Whatcom County Jail and is scheduled to appear in court Friday.

Dupree was named a suspect in the Sept. 2009 murder of 72-year-old Paul Marshall. At the time of the incident, Van Zandt County Deputies said Dupree was on the run after stealing the victim's van.

Whatcom County Deputies said they believe that Dupree has lived in that county, which borders Canada, for the last several years.

Officials said Dupree had been booked into the Whatcom County Jail in 2012 and 2013.

Whatcom County Sheriff's officials said they will be working with the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office regarding the 2009 murder and with the Prosecuting Attorney's Office to determine extradition.

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