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Suspect in Lubbock counterfeit money case arrested, charged in Amarillo murder case

Theft suspect now accused of murder
Updated: Aug. 28, 2018 at 5:09 PM CDT
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Matthew Gregory Lott, 31, of Lubbock (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center)
Matthew Gregory Lott, 31, of Lubbock (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A man who was initially listed as an involved party in a counterfeit money case in Lubbock has now been arrested and charged with a murder that happened in Amarillo. A murder warrant was issued yesterday for 21-year-old Billey Joe Woelfle of Plainview.

On June 12, Woelfle and another man, Matthew Lott, were accused of being involved in a counterfeit money situation. The charges against them say both Woelfle and Lott attempted to use counterfeit money to buy a cell phone. When the seller realized the money was fake, she drove off with the money and the cell phone. Woelfle and Lott chased her in their vehicle until she crashed and was hospitalized. Both Lott and Woelfle claimed the woman was the one with the fake money, and it took a lengthy investigation to identify the two men as the suspects.

A warrant was issued for both Lott and Woelfle on August 8. Lott was arrested that day and is still in the Lubbock County Detention Center. Woelfle was not located at that time.

On August 15, Amarillo Police Officers were called after a man was found shot at the Amarillo Value Inn on I-40. The man, 30-year-old Zachary David Cordova, was shot in the upper body.

Two days after Cordova was killed, on August 17, Woelfle was arrested in Tulia on the Lubbock arrest warrant. He was taken to the Lubbock County Detention Center.

On August 27, Cordova's death was deemed a homicide and a warrant for Woelfle's arrest was issued. There is no word on how Amarillo Police identified Woelfle as a suspect in the homicide.

Woelfle is being held in the Lubbock County Detention Center.

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