Absconding sex offender and probated burglar arrested for quadruple murder

Cherokee County, TX is where absconding sex offenders throughout the state can call home. Thieves and drug addicts can make sweet deals with District Attorney Elmer Beckworth and can count on their criminal histories being buried by the local media when they go on murdering sprees. Even after the same news outlets reports their previous arrests and releases just weeks prior.

Billy Dean Phillips (Source: DPS)

Billy Phillips, age 37 was arrested earlier this month in Jacksonville, TX for FAILING TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER. Phillips is supposed to be under supervision in Dallas County for the molestation of a 13-year old girl. He was released to wander the streets of Cherokee County several weeks ago for some reason, and is now charged with killing a family of four, including mother and son in New Summerfield, TX.

Jacksonville Daily Progress: Sheriff’s Arrest Report- July 4, 2021        

Billy Phillips, 37, Jacksonville, failure to comply with sex offender duty to register (Dallas Co.)            (Source: Daily Progress)

Jesse Pawlowski (Source: KETK)

Billy Dean’s accomplice and Jacksonville, TX resident Jesse Pawlowski is currently on probation in Cherokee County for a 2019 burglary spree when he was arrested again in 2020 for breaking into a vehicle in Harris County. His probation was not revoked. He is now also charged in connection of the quadruple murder in New Summerfield, TX after stealing the victim’s car.

2017 Dodge Challenger (Source: Daily Progress

Being a drug snitch for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department has paid off again; however a habitual thief given adjudicated probation by District Attorney Elmer Beckworth’s office and the 2nd Judicial District court has led to the murder of four residents. 

During press conferences and interviews, Cherokee County Sheriff Brent Dickson plays coy as to the criminal history of the three suspects knowing that one of them was released from his custody just 2 weeks ago for absconding Sex Offense registration. The other ones are well acquainted with CCSO “Narcotics” officers. No anonymous tip was needed to locate and apprehend them.

New Summerfield, TX:

Three career criminals in Jacksonville, TX have been arrested and charged with the capital murder of four residents in nearby New Summerfield, TX. The bodies of John Clinton, Jeff Gerla, Ami Hickey, and Amanda Barnes were found in a home in the 1600 block of Hwy 101 N. (Source: CBS 19)

Left to Right : Jesse James Pawlowski age 20, Dylan Welch age 21, and Billy Phillips age 37 (Source: KLTV)

Jesse Pawlowski is on concurrent deferred adjudicated probation for multiple counts of breaking into homes, as reported in the Jacksonville Daily Progress in October 2019; he was 18 at the time of the sentencing. (Source: Daily Progress

Criminal Docket; Case 21314 ; BURGLARY OF HABITATION
THE STATE OF TEXAS vs PAWLOWSKI, JESSE JAMES
Filed 11/22/2019 – Disposition: 12/20/2019 Deferred adjudication
2nd District Court, District Clerk, Cherokee County, Texas

Criminal Docket; Case 21317 ; BURGLARY OF HABITATION
THE STATE OF TEXAS vs PAWLOWSKI, JESSE JAMES
Filed 12/19/2019 – Disposition: 12/20/2019 Deferred adjudication
2nd District Court, District Clerk, Cherokee County, Texas

Criminal Docket; Case 21318 ; BURGLARY OF HABITATION
THE STATE OF TEXAS vs PAWLOWSKI, JESSE JAMES
Filed 12/19/2019 – Disposition: 12/20/2019 Deferred adjudication
2nd District Court, District Clerk, Cherokee County, Texas

Jesse Pawlowski also has an open Burglary of a Vehicle charge in Harris County, TX; his probation in Cherokee County was not revoked.

Harris County, TX Case ID: 232559401010, Burglary of a Vehicle filed 9/14/2020.

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