Gay ex-Navy pastry chef was so obsessed with roommate that he murdered girlfriend

Daniel Willyam, right, faces up to life in prison for the 2009 murder of Samantha Nance.

A Dallas County jury today found a gay former Navy pastry chef guilty of murder in the 2009 stabbing death of his roommate’s girlfriend.

Daniel Willyam, 28, faces up to life in prison for the murder of Samantha “Shelley” Nance, 20.

Nance, a student at the Dallas Art Institute, was found stabbed 42 times at her Lake Highlands apartment.

Willyam, who also attended the Art Institute, was the roommate of Nance’s boyfriend, Nathan Shuck. Prosecutors say Willyam murdered Nance out of jealousy because he had become increasingly obsessed with Shuck.

The Dallas Morning News reports that the jury, which found Willyam guilty earlier today, is now weighing his sentence.

—  John Wright

Best Bets • 10.28.11

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She’ll folk you up
Boston folk singer Catie Curtis brings a new set of tunes to town. Promoting her latest album Stretch Limousine on Fire, Curtis says this album has pushed her to her musical boundaries. So her live show must be just as inspired.

DEETS: With Melissa Greener. Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse,
555 N. Central Expressway. 8 p.m. $15–$18.
UncleCalvins.org.

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Saturday 10.29

This Halloween is full of treats
Saturday is all about decisions and it’s like you can’t make a wrong one. If you’re handy and have a couple of 5-Hour energy drinks, you could fit in a haunted house, The Women’s Chorus of Dallas masquerade ball and of course, what’s Halloween without the block party?

DEETS: Oak Lawn Halloween 2011,
3900 Cedar Springs Road. 7 p.m.
PartyAtTheBlock.com.

Masquerade 2011. Sammons Center for the Arts,
3630 Harry Hines Blvd. 7 p.m. $25.
TWCD.org.

Screams Theme Park,
2511 FM 66, Waxahachie. 7:30 p.m. $25.
ScreamsParks.com.

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Saturday 10.29

Diablos drag you to Hell
Before the costumes and the candy hits the fan, there’s Hellfest 2011 to get through. The Dallas Diablos host the annual rugby tournament with men’s and women’s teams from all over the country competing for top honors. Teams be warned. The Diablos say “in Hellfest, no one can hear you scream.”

DEETS: Lake Highlands Park,
9500 Lake Highlands Road. Noon. 
DallasDiablos.org.

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Thursday 11.03

She can dance
Judith Jamison is kind of a big deal. She danced with Baryshnikov, won an Emmy and went from being the principal dancer of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to being its artistic director. She appears for one night as part of the Brinker International Forum. The Kennedy Center honoree and National Medal of Arts winner likely has some great stories to tell. And we’re all ears.

DEETS: Winspear Opera House,
2403 Flora St. 8 p,m. $12.50–$125.
ATTPAC.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 28, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Murder suspect captured after Oak Lawn robbery

William Langrum

A suspect who was captured after committing an aggravated robbery in Oak Lawn last week is now charged with capital murder in the stabbing death of a Lake Highlands woman, according to Dallas police.

William Langrum, 27, was arrested Sept. 21 following a chase that began in the 2800 block of Douglas Avenue, when undercover officers observed Langrum and another suspect steal a bag of clothes from a victim at knifepoint. After eluding officers in their vehicle and on foot, Langrum and his accomplice, 18-year-old Jeremy Francis, were apprehended in the 7100 block of Lemmon Avenue.

Police say evidence recovered at the scene of the Douglas Avenue robbery linked Langrum to the murder of Shearl Bennett, who’d been fatally stabbed outside her Lake Highlands home about an hour before. Bennett was returning home from church at about 10:45 p.m. Sept. 21 when she was stabbed outside her car in the 9800 block of Royal Lane.

On Monday, detectives charged Langrum with capital murder in Bennett’s death. Both Langrum and Bennett also face charges of aggravated robbery and evading arrest in connection with the Douglas Avenue robbery.

“It was a good catch over in Oak Lawn,” said Laura Martin, DPD’s LGBT liaison officer. “We’ve had officers over there on special assignment a lot because we’ve been having issues with robberies.”

—  John Wright

What’s Brewing: Dallas police release names of murdered gay couple found in burned apartment

Dallas mayoral candidates Edward Okpa, from left, Mike Rawlings, Ron Natinsky and David Kunkle participate in a forum sponsored by the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce on Monday night at Cityplace. (Photo courtesy of Avi S, Adelman)

Your weekday morning blend from Instant Tea:

1. Last week Dallas police asked the media to hold off on publishing or broadcasting the names of a gay couple found murdered inside a burned Lake Highlands apartment, as they tried to locate the victims’ families. Laura Martin, DPD’s LGBT liaison officer, gave Instant Tea the go-ahead late Monday to publish the victims’ names. They are 59-year-old Michael Humphrey and 61-year-old Clayton Capshaw. We’ll have an update on the case later, but for now, anyone know these guys?

2. It’s still not too late to contact your state representative and ask them to support HB 1942, an anti-bullying bill from Rep. Diane Patrick, R-Arlington, that’s viewed as the last, best chance for the Legislature to address the issue in this year’s session. Daniel Williams at Legislative Queery reports that the House didn’t get to the bill as expected Monday but may take it up today when it re-convenes at 10 a.m. today. To read Equality Texas’ action alert on the bill and email your state rep, go here.

3. Above was the scene last night at Cityplace, where the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce hosted a sparsely attended forum featuring all four candidates for Dallas mayor. We’ll have more on the forum later, but for now here’s a teaser: Two of the three major candidates, Ron Natinsky and Mike Rawlings, said they were against Texas’ 2005 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and civil unions. Rawlings said he voted against the amendment, and Natinsky said he opposed it but couldn’t remember whether he actually voted. The third major candidate, David Kunkle, said he didn’t vote in the November 2005 election when the amendment was on the ballot.

—  John Wright

Best bets • 10.29.10

Saturday 10.30

Masking your feelings is just fine
We’ve been trying to figure what this year’s number one costume will be. Lady Gaga has provided much inspiration throughout the year, so expect a few meat dresses in the crowd. The Chilean miners were a hot topic and easy to pull off. And lest we forget a good ole Texas Rangers costume. You’ll likely see all three and a whole heckuva lot more at this year’s Oak Lawn Halloween street party.

DEETS:
3900 block of Cedar Springs. 7 p.m. Free.

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Saturday 10.30

Rugby tourney will drag you to hell
The Dallas Diablos are making a mark on the rugby tournament scene this weekend. The team holds their second Hellfest event, but this year it’s big time. Word of mouth grew on this and the Diablos are expecting to host 160 players repping eight teams from around the country. And that’s all in one day.

DEETS: Lake Highlands Park, 9500 E. Lake Highlands Drive. 9 a.m. Free. DallasDiablos.org.

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Wednesday 11.03

Don’t lose your head, lady
We all know what happened to Anne Boleyn and it wasn’t pretty. But we bet getting there should be lush and gorgeous in the Dallas Opera’s production of Anna Bolena. Gaetano Donizetti details the queen’s last days who went from beloved wife to second best thanks to that mistress Jane Seymour. Bitch.

DEETS: Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. 7:30 p.m. Through Nov. 14. $25–$215. ATTPAC.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 29, 2010

—  Kevin Thomas