Homicide victim in Howell County was wife and mother

Nov 17, 2009 Full story: KYTV Springfield 1,453

Howell County Sheriff's Department detectives say somebody tried to make a woman's death look like an accident.

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mel talbert

Hartville, MO

#1 Nov 20, 2009
please, if anyone has any information concerning our young lady's death, come forward and the the authorities. no matter how inconspicous it may seem, allow the police to sort it out and decide if it is relevant or not to this case. We know the community loved her and we all want to see justice be served. Our hats go off for the men and woman of Howell Co investigating this case. Please help in any way you can. It is greatly appreciated. Thank you from the family of Becki Griffin-Dillard
FRIEND OF COOKIE

Sparta, MO

#2 Nov 20, 2009
PLEASE, DONT BE PUTTING DOWN THESE WELL LOVED FAMILY I HAVE BEEN A CO-WORKER OF COOKIE I HAVE ONLY SEEN HER DO GOOD FOR PEOPLE SHE KNEW OR EVEN PEOPLE SHE DIDNT KNOW HER OR HER FAMILY COULDNT HURT ANY LIVING SOUL SHE HAS CARE FOR OTHERS FOR OVER 25 YRS. I DONT SEE HOW PEOPLE CAN SAY SUCH BAD THINGS ABOUT THIS FAMILY IN THEIR TIME OF LOST I LOVE THIS FAMILY AND THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THEM
MOODY FRIEND

Sparta, MO

#3 Nov 20, 2009
i dont know the family but all i know is that two babies lost thier mother i think they should not be saying such bad things about a beauitful girl that lost her life in such a horrible way and i hope who ever did this horrible thing pays for this in this life or the next
not good

United States

#4 Nov 21, 2009
Its to bad that someone that young has to go that way. It doesnt make sence when the good people have to suffer for things that worthless low life Lying cheating thieving worthless people get away with everything
Oh Yeah

United States

#5 Nov 21, 2009
I don't know her or her family, but how heartbreaking. I hope they find the person(s) who murdered her. God Bless her family and friends.
Anonymous

United States

#6 Nov 22, 2009
mel talbert wrote:
please, if anyone has any information concerning our young lady's death, come forward and the the authorities. no matter how inconspicous it may seem, allow the police to sort it out and decide if it is relevant or not to this case. We know the community loved her and we all want to see justice be served. Our hats go off for the men and woman of Howell Co investigating this case. Please help in any way you can. It is greatly appreciated. Thank you from the family of Becki Griffin-Dillard
To Becki's Family,

Words cannot express the sympathy I feel for Becki and her family. I pray for God's grace and mercy for Becki and peace and healing for her family. I did not know you, but I touched your hand when Becki was laid to rest. I dropped to my knees when I looked into Becki's mother's eyes. No words could express what my heart was saying. I want your family to know, that there are more people than you could imagine that want to see justice served and resolve for your family.

I also reiterate the family's plea, that anyone with the minutest information, contact the authorities.
debbie talbert

Hartville, MO

#7 Nov 23, 2009
Becki Lynne Griffin-Dillard is my daughter. She was loved by all, especially by her two children that are now left behind. We would like to thank all individuals who are involved in this investigation and I know that Justice will be served. If not now, then on judgement day. I would like anyone who has any info to please contact the sheriff's department in West Plains,MO,no matter how minute the info. Becki's family and I would also like to thank everyone for thier support and love during this tragedy.
legal eagle

Branson, MO

#8 Nov 23, 2009
Arrest In The Dillard Death Near Moody | 11/23/2009 7:59:22 AM[edit]

A 41-year old West Plains, man has been arrested and charged in the November 13th death of Becki Lynn Dillard, 24, of Moody. Billy Joe Eastep was arrested Saturday on a Howell County Warrant charging him with Murder in the ...[read more]
A 41-year old West Plains, man has been arrested and charged in the November 13th death of Becki Lynn Dillard, 24, of Moody. Billy Joe Eastep was arrested Saturday on a Howell County Warrant charging him with Murder in the first Degree and with Armed Criminal Action.
Dillard's body was found in what was first believed to be an auto accident on FF highway. She was pronounced dead at the scene by Howell County Coroner Tim Cherry, then it was determined that her injuries were not consistent with injuries related to a traffic accident. Her death has been under investigation by the Coroner, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the South Central Drug Task Force.
Eastep is being held with bail set at one-million dollars.

Since: Aug 09

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#9 Nov 23, 2009
I am so glad that they found the person that did this...My prayers go out to the family....

A Howell County man has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a woman whose body was found near a rural roadside.

Billy J. Eastep, 41, of Moody, is being held on $1 million bond on charges of murder and armed criminal action, the Howell County Sheriff’s Office said today.

The body of Becki Dillard, 24, of Moody, was found Nov. 13 near Highway FF after dispatchers received a 911 call. A Ford Explorer was sitting nearby.

An autopsy revealed that Dillard died from a gunshot wound.

Witnesses reported seeing a pickup truck that looked like Eastep’s parked behind the Explorer. Eastep was dating Becki Dillard’s mother-in-law, Debra Dillard, and lived at their home, the sheriff’s office said.

Investigators said Debra Dillard told them that Eastep had told her he followed Becki Dillard down Highway FF from their home and stopped her. He told Debra Dillard he had a brief conversation with her daughter-in-law and that as Becki Dillard walked away, he shot her in the back of the head, investigators said.

After Becki Dillard fell to the ground, Eastep shot her again, investigators said.

The Missouri Highway Patrol assisted Howell County officers in the investigation, the sheriff’s office said.

Eastep appeared in court today, the court clerk’s office said.
Truth Teller

West Plains, MO

#10 Nov 23, 2009
Stephanie Holmes wrote:
He told Debra Dillard he had a brief conversation with her daughter-in-law and that as Becki Dillard walked away, he shot her in the back of the head, investigators said.
After Becki Dillard fell to the ground, Eastep shot her again, investigators said.
WTF!!
hmmmm

Ozark, MO

#11 Nov 23, 2009
Truth Teller wrote:
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WTF!!
that wicked mother-n-law is almost as guilty as the a@@ that did it!! i say hang em both and heck might as well string up the boy too.
GAWD

United States

#12 Nov 23, 2009
I know the family and they are all trash..
who

United States

#13 Nov 23, 2009
[leave the boy out of it but hang that evil mother-n-law.
annetta whiteside

Warrenton, MO

#14 Nov 23, 2009
ok ya "string up the boy too" ya thats a real good idea that way those babies can be raised in foster care and God knows what whould happen then...just because his moms bf did it doesnt mean he knew or had anything to do with it. I know Justin and i dont see him having anything to do with any of it and yes ppl change over the years and there are alot of things i do not know about him but it doesnt matter. he is not guilty and u should be ashamed of yourself. and i know everyone has different oppinions and i am just stating mine. God Bless Becki and God bless her family and friends. and God bless those poor innocent babies. I hope they grow up to know how wonderful their mother was and how much she loved them. and i pray to God that they never hear or read anything on this site to think anything different. Everyone should be ashamed for talking bad about this family. if u know something about the families that is bad keep it to yourself and stop gossiping. You arent hurting anyone but the kids and they do not deserve it!
what

Hartville, MO

#15 Nov 23, 2009
why didn 't mother-n-law tell the law about what her boyfriend told her on nov.13 instead of waiting. they should at least get her for obtaining evidence
no one

Branson, MO

#16 Nov 23, 2009
"if u know something about the families that is bad keep it to yourself and stop gossiping."

It isn't gossip if they "know" something.
annetta whiteside

Warrenton, MO

#17 Nov 23, 2009
Yes No One, i know. i dont need smart a$$ remarks. u can keep those to yourself too. I SAID I WAS STATING MY OPPINION.
annetta whiteside

Warrenton, MO

#18 Nov 23, 2009
i was simply trying to say to keep what u know to yourself. saying these things arent going to bring becki back. nothing is. i just think it will be easier if ppl stop saying bad things. sorry if u dont like what i said.
annetta whiteside

Warrenton, MO

#19 Nov 23, 2009
oh and by the way, in my oppinion, it is gossiping weather it is fact or fiction. :) have a nice night.
annetta whiteside

Warrenton, MO

#20 Nov 23, 2009
gos·sip (gsp)

1. Rumor or talk of a personal, sensational, or intimate nature.
2. A person who habitually spreads intimate or private rumors or facts.
3. Trivial, chatty talk or writing.

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