Gilmer man charged with murder in August crime

Published on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 18:50 - Written by PHILLIP WILLIAMS Special Correspondent

A 57-year-old Gilmer man who was already in Upshur County Jail on other charges has been charged with the murder of another Gilmer man, whose body was found Aug. 26, authorities said.

Douglas Edward Gilliam remained jailed Tuesday after being charged Friday in connection with killing Jack Pierce, 45, said authorities. District Attorney Billy Byrd said sheriff’s deputies responding to a welfare concern call discovered the body at a home in southwestern Upshur County, but that he could not comment on how Pierce is believed to have been killed since the investigation by the sheriff’s office of how it occurred is ongoing.

Upshur County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Laura Lee Norred ordered an autopsy, which was performed at Forensic Medical of Texas outside of Tyler, Byrd said. He said Tuesday he hasn’t seen the final autopsy report, and that he could not yet reveal more specifics about the location of the house where the body was discovered.

Gilliam, who had outstanding warrants, was arrested on charges unrelated to the killing Aug. 28 after fleeing on foot from Texas Department of Public Safety troopers on Farm-to-Market Road 2454 in northern Upshur County, sheriff’s investigator Freddie Fitzgerald said in a news release.

The sheriff’s office obtained a warrant for Gilliam’s arrest on the murder charge, Fitzgerald added. The news release listed the suspect’s age as 55, but Byrd said his date of birth was December 1955.

A spokeswoman for Byrd’s office said Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Lyle Potter set Gilliam’s bond at $100,000 on the murder charge. However, Gilliam was being held without bond on a felony driving while intoxicated charge from Upshur County after forfeiting bond in that case, she said.

He is also under bonds of $10,000 for a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle out of Henderson County and $3,500 on a misdemeanor evading arrest charge in Upshur County, the spokeswoman said.