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Nathan Billingsley

Grandson charged with murder; Grandma’s body found wrapped in blanket and dumped in metal shed

by Leigh Egan

A grandmother in Cypress Hill, Texas, was found dead outside her home on Sunday, and police are accusing her own grandson of killing her.

KHOU reports that when Hazel Billingsley, 67, stopped answering phone calls, her family became worried and called the police. Detectives found Billingsley outside of her home off of the 1700 block of Longwood Meadows. She was deceased, and hidden in a metal shed in her backyard, with a blue and green blanket wrapped around her.

Family members stated that they saw her 21-year-old grandson, Nathan Billingsley, loading his grandmother’s belongings into her car, but when they approached him, he fled on foot with his girlfriend. Detectives found Nathan and his girlfriend in a nearby wooded area, and detained them both for questioning. The girlfriend was eventually released, but Nathan was arrested and charged with murder.

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Nathan reportedly told detectives that his grandmother’s death was an accident, yet detectives said that Hazel Billingsly died from multiple gunshot wounds. He’s on suicide watch at Harris County jail, which prevented him from going in front of a judge on Monday.

Hazel Billingsley, original from England, was an accomplished artist with three adult daughters and six grandchildren. Nathan lived with his grandmother for around three to four years, according to family members, and was considered Hazel’s “favorite.” Nathan has a history of mental illness, and according to his girlfriend, he threatened to shoot her or anyone who went into his grandmother’s home.

“He’s (Nathan) been struggling for a long time with mental problems, and he’s been on heavy drugs and in and out of the hospital,” Hazel’s son-in-law Sonny Zamir said. “Every time we try to commit him, he checks himself out so I actually blame the law for it, I really do.”

Anyone with any information on the case is urged to call the Harris County investigators at 713-274-9201.

[Feature Photo: Harris County Sheriff’s Office]

Leigh Egan is a crime-fighting journalist and editor who specializes in breaking news and investigative true crime coverage. With more than a decade of experience under her belt, Leigh’s work can be found in a number of high-profile national publications. For Leigh, learning didn’t stop after college. She considers herself a lifelong learner who frequently takes media and journalism courses to keep abreast of the latest happenings and innovations in her field.