Bobby Wayne Whitehead, 36, of Killeen, was arrested Wednesday afternoon in connection with the slaying of Michael Paradise in Coryell County on Nov. 17.
Paradise was found dead at his home in the 200 block of Julia Drive, near the Copperas Cove city limits.
On Sunday, the Coryell County Sheriff’s Department received a tip from an informant who said Whitehead was the killer. The informant said Whitehead confessed to killing Paradise “because he felt he (Paradise) was a child molester and he (Whitehead) just didn’t get a good vibe,” about him, according to a news release.
The Coryell County Sheriff’s Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Rangers, the Lampasas County Sheriff’s Department and the Lampasas County game warden arrested Whitehead in Travis County. He was arrested without incident just after 5 p.m. Wednesday after being located by Travis County sheriff’s deputies.
Whitehead was arraigned by Judge Beverly Jones on Thursday morning, charged with murder and given a $1 million bond.
The informant said Whitehead admitted to going to the victim’s house, knocking on a door and shooting Paradise in the head, according to the news release. Paradise’s son was home at the time of the slaying, but was unharmed according to previous reports.
“He (Whitehead) said he wanted to look at his (Paradise’s) boots and see blood on them,” according to a statement by the informant.
Whitehead told the informant he was driving by his ex-wife’s house and saw Paradise by his kids and got a “bad vibe,” according to the news release.
The Texas Sex Offender Registry does not list Paradise as a sex offender.
Paradise, 31, was a veteran of the Army who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and is survived by a wife and two children.