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Kevin Wayne Billings, 64, of West Valley City, used to be arrested Thursday for investigation of annoyed homicide, annoyed arson and arson for allegedly capturing a West Valley code enforcement officer and burning down his neighbor’s space.
WEST VALLEY CITY — An assault-style rifle, a handgun, bolt cutters, a propane torch and gasoline bins have been all discovered by way of police between the home of a person accused of burning down his neighbor’s space and killing a West Valley code enforcement officer, and his sufferers, police said Friday.
Kevin Wayne Billings, 64, of West Valley City, used to be arrested Thursday for investigation of annoyed homicide, annoyed arson and arson.
Billings is accused of fatally capturing Jill Robinson, 52, a code enforcement officer for the town, as she arrived at Billings’ house, 4102 W. Wendy Ave. (2925 South), about 10:20 a.m. Thursday as a part of a follow-up investigation. He additionally set her truck on hearth and his neighbor’s space, in step with police.
Ravell Call, Deseret News
Robinson “had previous dealings with the suspect regarding code enforcement issues at his residence,” in step with a Salt Lake County Jail file. A witness noticed Billings “pouring what they believed to be gasoline around a West Valley City compliance truck which he then ignited,” the file states.
“After 40 years of harassment, the (woman) got what she deserved,” Billings allegedly said whilst status in his driveway, in step with the file.
When hearth crews arrived, the home to the west of Billings, 4114 W. Wendy Ave., used to be absolutely engulfed.
That home-owner “reported that he heard what he thought were gunshots as well as an ‘explosion’ coming from his basement as it lit on fire. The homeowner was inside of a detached garage on his property at the time the fire started. The homeowner believed that he and his home were targeted by Billings,” the file states.
Police later served a seek warrant for the crime scene and located “a large hole cut in the fence between the homes and the fire at the victim’s home. Arson investigators on scene determined … that the deck in the victim’s backyard was the targeted area,” the file states.
The neighbors, Steph Sheen and Ryan Luke, escaped their burning house, but it surely used to be declared a complete loss and their six canine and two cats died in the fireplace, said Pam Nichols, Sheen’s boss and a spokeswoman for the circle of relatives.
Billings used to be arrested in his driveway by way of arriving officials. Salt Lake police are investigating the capturing and Unified Fire Authority is investigating the fireplace on the request of West Valley officers for the reason that case comes to a town worker.
In 1997, when Billings lived at a distinct cope with in West Valley City, he used to be charged in third District Court in West Jordan with accumulation of cast waste, “removal of abandoned and wrecked vehicle,” and “property to be kept clean and secure,” in step with court docket information. All the costs are elegance B misdemeanors.
A bench warrant used to be issued for Billings when he failed to turn up for court docket. But it expired in 2000 and the case used to be brushed aside in 2001, court docket information state.
In a separate case in 1997, Billings used to be charged in West Valley Justice Court with “front yard regulation” and “storage of solid waste,” each elegance B misdemeanors. That case used to be used to be additionally in the end brushed aside.
In 1995, Billings used to be discovered in charge of gathering cast waste, and now not maintaining his assets blank, elegance B misdemeanors. In 1992, he used to be convicted of “storage of bulky waste,” and accumulation of cast waste, in step with court docket information.
In 1987, Billings used to be charged with two well being ordinance violations, however the fees have been later brushed aside, court docket information state.
Code enforcement officials don’t seem to be armed. West Valley pulled all of its code officials off the road following Thursday’s capturing till additional understand.