A Blaine County man was arrested last week in Hailey on a felony fugitive warrant from Williams County, N.D., accusing him of two felonies in connection with a shooting in 2012.
Billy Arthur Owens was arraigned on a “fugitive from justice” charge Monday in Blaine County Magistrate Court. According to court records, he waived extradition and was being held without bond Tuesday in the Blaine County jail.
An arrest warrant from North Dakota states that Owens is charged with the felony crimes of “criminal association” and “conspiracy to commit aggravated assault.” The charges stem from the shooting of a Boise man, 26-year-old Kenneth Moore, on May 10, 2012, in Williston, N.D.
The Williston Herald newspaper reported that another man, Paul Huckstep, born in 1980 in West Fargo, N.D. has been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of Moore but that Owens allegedly paid him to do it.
Owens was arrested the afternoon of Sept. 25 in a joint operation between Hailey police and the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office.
Hailey police Lt. Steve England said Monday that Owens was free on bond on the North Dakota charges but with a condition of his release that he not leave that state.
“From a reliable source, we heard that he had been seen in town,” England said, adding that police were able to determine what vehicle Owens had been driving.
England said Owens was arrested in a traffic stop near the intersection of Bullion Street and Second Avenue.
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