Lake Charles' Billy Ray Harris, 38, has been charged in connection with the July 2012 death of his ex-wife. Harris was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder in the death of 38-year-old Raymona L. Gilmore, who was found in her trailer at Quailridge Mobile Estate Park. (American Press Archives)
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 12:06 PM
A Lake Charles man has been charged in connection with the July death of his ex-wife, authorities said Tuesday.
Billy Ray Harris, 38, was already jailed at the Calcasieu Correctional Center on drug charges.
He was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder in the death of 38-year-old Raymona L. Gilmore. She was found in her trailer at Quailridge Mobile Estate Park, said Kim Myers, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.
Gilmore was found unresponsive in her home on July 29, Myers said.
Harris has been in jail on drug charges since the day before Gilmore’s body was found, she said.
“He had a pretty high bond on some drug charges, so we knew he wasn’t going anywhere,” Sheriff Tony Mancuso said. “We had a lot of evidence that we needed to get back from the crime lab. We had subpoenaed a lot of records — phone records, credit card records. It just took a lot of time.”
Mancuso declined to say how Gilmore was killed.
He said the Sheriff’s Office did “everything we could to exclude (Harris), and it just keeps coming back to him.”
Judge Wilford Carter set Harris’ bond at $500,000, Myers said. His bond on the drug charges totaled $50,000.
“We still have a lot to do,” Mancuso said. “We’ve only got one step made; we’ve made an arrest. Probable cause and being able to make an arrest is a long way from being able to get a conviction. This is just one step, and now the process really begins.”
Posted By: ASHLEY DIANNE BROUSSARD WOULD HAVE BEEN SHOULD BE HARRIS On: 8/13/2013
Title: THE TRUTH!!!!!!!!!!!!1
If you really want to find the truth out then why dont you ask the authorities why they arent following up on ALL the leads?? Like the fact that there were other people that were invovled with them and were upset over secrets revealed 7 years prior? how about the states evidence that was turned over ? or what about the fact that no one in the trailer park heard any arguments or fighting? (And thats hard to beleive when you can the other tenents merely walkoing their trailers while you sit in yours!) Why don't you give the defendent an actual innocent until proven guilty chance? Why is it that they can hold him 90 days with out ANY evidentiary PROOF of guilt and no ARRAIGNMENT? after 90 days- for those of you who dont know- if the have not given you an arraignment they HAVE TO RELEASE YOU! instead these wonderful officers of our great and justified Calcasieu Investigation Squad have accidentally lost his paperwork on the 89th day and started his 90 days over JUST TO KEEP HIM THERE! you really wanna know why dateline has done THREE stories on Tony's ignorant group of neanderthals? ITS BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL FELONIOUS!!! FROM THE TOP TO THE BOTTOM! DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH PEOPLE TAKE THE WOOL OFF YOUR EYES! THEY ARE OFFERING UP THIS PERSON SO YOU SHEEPLE OUT THERE WILL FEEL THE FALSE SHROUD OF SAFETY! Oh Woe to he who bares false witness against his own brotheren! Your sins will find you out!!
Posted By: ASHLEY MEMOO BROUSSARD On: 7/6/2013
Title: NOT GULITY
I DO NOT THINK HE DID IT! I HAVE NEVER THOUGHT IT WAS HIM! HOW DARE YOU SAY THIS DAD YOU ARE A LIAR ABD YOUR JUST MAD I WEBT TO SEE HIM AND NOT YOU! Slanderous!
Posted By: jim broussard On: 5/19/2013
His girlfriend ashley broussard slipped up and said he did it.