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Man Wanted in Illinois Arrested Near Williston after Robbing Church


An Illinois man is in custody after attempting to rob a church in Ray at gunpoint and he could be connected to two murders in that state.

The Williams County Sheriff's Department received multiple 911 calls from the Church of St. Michael Saturday around 7:20pm.

Callers said a man came into the church and demanded money.

The man fled with an undisclosed amount of money. After a short pursuit 54-year-old Billy Varner was arrested near Williston.

Varner is wanted in Illinois for questioning in connection to the deaths of two women there including his 82-year-old mother and a 61-year-old woman he lived with.

Formal charges are pending in the case.

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