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Man Indicted for Killing Taylor Co. Woman

Billy Gear
Posted at 4:49 PM, Jan 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-21 12:04:52-05

TAYLOR Co., FL (WTXL) - A Taylor County man appeared before a grand jury Thursday, and was indicted on murder charges stemming from an incident earlier this month.

According to police in Perry, a concerned citizen called them on January 6 to report a man, later identified as 35-year-old Billy Gear, dragging a woman into the woods near the Wal-Mart Super Center.

When officers investigated, they found 23-year-old Melissa Darnell's body, covered by leaves, limbs and debris.

Police arrested Gear a short time later.

They say at some point Gear was in a relationship with Darnell and that the two had a child together.