Florida authorities have nabbed alleged horse killer William “Billy” Hamilton.
The details are limited, but investigators say, Hamilton, who was going by the alias, “Will Robert Webb” was living in an Avon Park apartment with a woman. A tip led to his arrest on an open warrant this afternoon.
First believed to be in Mexico then Florida, Hamilton has evaded authorities for more than three years. A November 2009 bench warrant was issued in Arkansas for criminal contempt and theft of property, according to Pike County Sheriff Preston Glenn. He’s also wanted by Arkansas Child Support Enforcement for past due child support.
Glenn says, “I’m tickled to death he’s been picked up and I’m ready to go get him.”
Hamilton will first have to sign a waiver of extradition before Glenn’s deputies can fetch him. If he won’t cooperate, the case will go to the prosecutor.
Hamilton is named in court documents as the killer of the roping horse, Credit Card, after five student rodeo horses were allegedly stolen in Arkansas and transported to Oklahoma in November 2011. According to public records, defendant Jaci Rae Jackson “watched as Credit Card was shot in the head and had its throat slit by a William “Billy” Hamilton.”
The other four stolen horses were found barely alive from starvation after being left tied to trees without food or water, but have made full recoveries.
Hamilton’s arrest comes a week before Jackson’s preliminary hearing is scheduled to begin in Oklahoma.
A warrant has not been issued for Hamilton in relation to the stolen horse case.