Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Prosecutors: Slayings Part of Crime Series

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Prosecutors: Slayings Part of Crime Series

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WAYCROSS -- Prosecutors want jurors to consider evidence next

month showing that the slayings of two Ware County teenagers

and a nurse during the 1993 Memorial Day weekend culminated a

series of crimes.

Billy Daniel Raulerson Jr. is scheduled to stand trial

Feb. 20 in Savannah on malice murder and related charges in the

slayings of Charlye Dixon, 18; her fiance, Jason

Hampton, 19; and Teresa Gail Taylor, 40.

If convicted of the killings, Raulerson, 24, of Waycross, faces

death in Georgia's electric chair.

Yesterday, prosecutors and defense attorneys squared off in a

pretrial hearing that focused on the admissibility of potential

testimony about the apparent murder weapon: a .22-caliber rifle.

District Attorney Richard E. Currie said prosecutors want

to present testimony and related evidence indicating that a

.22-caliber semiautomatic rifle used to kill Dixon, Hampton and

Taylor had been stolen in a Pierce County burglary 21 days

before the triple slaying.

Prosecutors also want to present evidence showing that the

Pierce County burglary is very similar to the break-in that led

to Taylor's killing.

Currie said Raulerson told Georgia Bureau of Investigation

agents that he had stolen the rifle from a Pierce County home

and that it was dismantled after the killings.

Detectives investigating the triple slaying first questioned

Raulerson after receiving information that he had shot at three

men boating on the Satilla River a week before the killings.

Currie said two potential witnesses, including a cousin of

Raulerson, will testify that they saw him fire a .22-caliber

semiautomatic rifle at the men.

"He [Raulerson] committed indiscriminate acts

of violence. . . . The shooting was committed with a .22-caliber

semiautomatic rifle that will be identical to, if not the same

weapon used in the slayings," Currie said. …

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