Tue, June 28, 2011 4:32:12 PM
[MEDIASTATEWIDE] VSP Press Release – Homicide Arrest Related to 2009 Crash Fatality in Charleston
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STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE
Homicide Arrest Related to 2009 Crash Fatality in Charleston
Detective Sgt. Darren Annis – Derby Barracks
Charleston, VT – 6/28/2011 – On September 22, 2009 at approximately 4:16PM, Vermont State troopers investigated a single vehicle crash that occurred at the intersection of Line Farm Road and VT Route 5A in Charleston, Vermont. Several fire and rescue agencies were called to the scene. The driver, Christine Billis age 42 of Brownington, sustained injuries and was transported to North Country Hospital. The passenger, Charles Billis age 57 of Brownington, Christine’s husband, was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated. Charles Billis was also transported to North Country Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The initial crash investigation conducted at the scene by the Vermont State Police indicated that the Billis’ vehicle was traveling south on VT Route 5A when it struck a large pine tree near the intersection of Line Farm Road. The crash occurred during the day, under clear skies, and dry road conditions. Speed was not considered a factor by the investigating trooper; however Charles Billis was not wearing a seat belt. At the time of the crash it was believed that the driver may have experienced a medical episode that might have contributed to the crash.
Recently information became available regarding the investigation which led police to believe that the crash may not have been accidental. As a result of the continuing investigation by the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, detectives determined that the crash was the result of an intentional act by Christine Billis.
Christine Billis was arrested for Homicide in the 1st Degree, a violation of Title 13, Vermont Statutes Annotated Section 2301. Billis is lodged at the Northern State Correctional Center in Newport and is being held without bail. The arrest processing photo will be available tomorrow, Wednesday June 29.
Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Vermont State Police Derby Barracks, 802-334-8881 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 802-334-8881 end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 802-334-8881 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
No other details from this criminal investigation are available. All questions regarding the pending court proceeding or prosecution should be directed to the Orleans County State’s Attorney Alan Franklin at 802-334-2037.