Bond set at $1M for suspect in escort slaying

Billy Joe Delacey



Mesa County Judge Craig Henderson on Tuesday set bond at $1 million for a man accused in the slaying of a male escort in Grand Junction last year.

Billy Joe Delacey, 36, was outfitted in a red jumpsuit when he appeared via video from the Mesa County Jail following his extradition from Montgomery County, Pa., where he was arrested Sept. 28 at his home. The jumpsuit color indicates he’s being held in maximum security. Delacey was booked locally Monday night.

A Mesa County grand jury indicted Delacey on suspicion of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, possession of sexually exploitative material and misdemeanor theft in connection with the death of 26-year-old Luis Alberto Vasquez Oliva, or “Beto.”

Oliva’s naked body was found by a roommate inside Oliva’s apartment at 540 29 Road, unit 6, on the morning of Aug. 1, 2011. The Mesa County Coroner’s Office said he suffered multiple blows to the head and face.

An investigation showed Delacey scheduled appointments for sex on July 30 and July 31 with Oliva, while the pair met each other via Oliva’s Craigslist advertisement, according to an arrest affidavit. While Delacey acknowledged he was in Oliva’s apartment on July 31 — the last known person to see Oliva alive — he denied involvement in Oliva’s slaying.

Delacey refused a polygraph examination before moving late last year from Fruita to Pennsylvania, the affidavit said.

Deputy Public Defender Matthew Mulch said Tuesday Delacey still has family ties in the Grand Valley.


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