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Calcasieu authorities make arrest in July 2012 murder

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

Calcasieu Parish authorities have made an arrest in the July 2012 murder of Raymona Lisa Gilmore, of Lake Charles.

Gilmore's ex-husband, Billy Ray Harris, 38, is accused in the case. He has been charged with second-degree murder.

Bond was set at $500,000 by Judge Wilford Carter, according to authorities.

Authorities on Tuesday said Harris has been in jail since the murder on unrelated drug charges.

"In this investigation, we knew time was on our side because his bond was such that he probably wasn't going to get out of jail. We subpoenaed a lot of records. We looked over this case with a fine-tooth comb and finally were able to put some pieces together to be able to get an arrest warrant this morning," said Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso on Tuesday.

The body of 38-year-old Raymona Lisa Gilmore was found July 29, 2012 at the Quailridge Mobile Home Estates on East Gauthier Road in South Lake Charles.

According to investigators, Harris had been living with Gilmore for about three weeks prior to her murder. Mancuso said the couple had problems in the past.

"I know that we had been called before - not necessarily to that trailer park in that time span. But they had domestic issues in the past," Mancuso said.

Mancuso did not want to discuss the details about what they believed happened but said Harris was always their main suspect.

"I can tell you it was a brutal murder. But when we release information and details, it can jeopardize the next step which is to try and get a conviction on this. And certainly we don't want to jeopardize that," said Mancuso. "Again, having probable cause and being able to make an arrest is still a very long way from getting a conviction ... and now, that process starts."

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