Ex-felon found guilty of 2010 slaying of North Las Vegas man

A Clark County jury on Monday convicted a man in the January 2010 slaying of a 60-year-old man in his North Las Vegas home.

Billy Ray James, 43, was found guilty of first-degree murder with a victim 60 years or older, burglary with a deadly weapon and being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm for the fatal shooting of Willie Henderson.

Prosecutor Eric Jorgenson said he was satisfied with the verdict.

James faces 21 years to life in prison. A sentencing date was set for May 31 before Judge Valerie Adair.

Authorities said James shot Henderson at his home on Cattleman Drive, near Decatur Boulevard and Craig Road. James then tried to make it look like a home invasion, but video cameras at the home captured him kicking in the door to the house.

There was no clear motive for the slaying. Authorities said there was no evidence anything was taken from the home.

James had worked as a handyman for Henderson.

Authorities said Henderson was shot in the back of the head with what they think was a .25-caliber handgun. The weapon was never recovered.

James has a past conviction of fraudulent use of a credit card.

Contact reporter Francis McCabe at or 702-380-1039.

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