A person wanted on murder charges in Russell County was arrested early yesterday morning in Pulaski county. Pulaski county Sheriff Greg Speck says his department responded to a call of a burglary in progress on Shafter Shepola Road in Pulaski County just after midnight yesterday. When Deputies arrived at the residence, they learned that someone had fled on foot and gone next door. When Deputies went next door, they observed someone running on foot near the residence. Deputies pursued the suspect on foot and apprehended him. The person was identified as Billy J. Wilson, who had an address of Ocala Road in Somerset. He was charged with Fleeing or Evading, 1st Degree (on Foot), and Resisting Arrest.
A subsequent investigation revealed that Mr. Wilson was wanted on a Grand Jury indictment out of Russell County for Murder, Four Counts of Wanton Endangerment, 1st Degree, and being a Persistent Felony Offender. The Murder and Wanton Endangerment charges originated from a motor vehicle accident that was investigated by the Russell County Sheriff’s Office back in May of 2019 in which Wilson was initially charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drug/Etc. .08 – 1st Offense. The accident occurred on the Cumberland Parkway in Russell County when Mr. Wilson’s vehicle allegedly struck another vehicle driven by Christopher McNane from Nashville, TN. McNane later died as a result of the accident. The Indictment for Murder was issued in Russell County in November 2019.
Mr. Wilson was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center and is expected to be transferred to Russell County soon.