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MURDER SUSPECT IS ACCUSED OF USING STOLEN CREDIT CARD

A man charged with the April 18 beating death of an 84-year-old Taylorsville man is now also accused of using the man's credit cards.

Billy J. Wilson, 28, faces two counts of falsely signing a financial transaction card sales slip, each a second-degree felony. Wilson remains incarcerated in the Salt Lake County Jail in lieu of paying $1.06 million bail.Wilson is being held on charges including aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and the two new charges, a jail booking officer said.

The new charges stem from a telemarketing scam that police believe resulted in the death of Lowell Searle. Investigators had earlier said that Wilson met Searle as he solicited money for kidney transplants. Wilson used a list of potential donors that he obtained while working for a legitimate telemarketing company, detectives said.

A witness tentatively identified Wilson as the man who entered a Burger King restaurant at 61 E. 2100 South on April 18 and purchased food using Searle's cards, passing himself off as Searle. A cabdriver told investigators he transported a man of Wilson's description who paid for the ride with a credit bard bearing Searle's name, according to a complaint filed in 3rd Circuit Court.

A Salt Lake police officer arrested Wilson with the credit cards and receipts on the same night as a man attempted to check into a motel using the stolen materials.

Playing a hunch, the police officer checked on Searle and found him dead, with a knife in his heart. Searle had been tied up, beaten and stabbed several times.