MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO) – Pennsylvania detectives arrested the lead suspect accused of killing a Grand Junction man in 2011.
Friday, detectives in the Montgomery County Homicide Unit arrested former Fruita resident Billy Joe Delacey, 36, for the murder of Luis Alberto Vasquez Oliva, also known as Beto.
Delacey is being held in the Montgomery County Detention Facility with no bond. There is no word on when he may be extradited to Mesa County, as it can be a length process.
This year, a local grand jury reviewed the homicide case. They indicted Delacey on four counts: one count of murder in the first degree (a class 1 felony), one count of murder in the second degree (a class 2 felony), one count of possession of sexually exploitative material (a class 6 felony), and one count of theft (a misdemeanor).
According to the grand jury's indictment, Beto was an undocumented Mexican national who advertised “adult massages” to male clients on Craigslist.
He was found dead in his 29 Road apartment on Aug. 1, 2011. He was lying naked on a deflated air mattress with a pool of blood forming around his head.
Investigators soon classified his death as a homicide, and the Mesa County Coroner determined that Beto died from blunt force trauma.
The indictment says during the investigation, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office officials found Beto’s computer in his apartment. On it, they saw Beto had been communicating via email with a 32-year-old customer from Fruita named Billy.
Billy had responded to Beto’s Craigslist male-on-male massage ad, and the two were planning to meet Saturday, July 30, 2011, and Sunday, July 31, 2011, the day before Beto was found dead, according to the indictment.
The investigators contacted Delacey two days after Beto’s murder and asked him about the encounter. Delacey claimed he saw Beto that Sunday but changed his mind about having sex with him and left shortly after he arrived at Beto’s apartment.
He said on his way home, he put his rent check in the Fruita Post Office drop box.
When investigators checked on this, Delacey’s landlord showed them two, hand-delivered money orders that were given on Aug. 2, not July 31 as the suspect had claimed.
The indictment says investigators ran a forensic test on Delacey’s laptop and found that he had downloaded a program called “Evidence Eliminator” two days after Beto killed.
A few months later, in December, investigators contacted Delacey again as he was moving his things into storage. He said he was being deployed with the Army again and would be moving soon. When they dug into his claim, military personnel told investigators that there was no indication that Delacey was on active duty or in the reserves and had not been since 2008, according to the indictment.
Nevertheless, Delacey moved to Pennsylvania to live with his mother and stepfather in Dec. 2011.
The grand jury's charges came down on Sept. 25, 2012. Pennsylvania detectives arrested Delacey Sept. 28, three days later.
To read the full indictment, click on the link attached to this story.