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Arrest Made in Millsboro Taxi Homicide Case

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William Toomey's Taxi Cab (Courtesy: Delaware State Police) William Toomey's Taxi Cab (Courtesy: Delaware State Police)
Joshua J. Dutton (Courtesy: Delaware State Police) Joshua J. Dutton (Courtesy: Delaware State Police)
MILLSBORO, Del. - Authorities say the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit have made an arrest in the murder of a taxi cab driver from Millsboro, Delaware.

Police say 23-year-old Joshua J. Dutton was arrested on Friday for murder first degree and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony for the murder of 45-year-old William Toomey.

Police say Dutton was developed as a suspect through investigative leads and was contacted on Thursday at Sussex Correction Institution where he is being held on a violation of probation charge. Police say through interviewing Dutton, they discovered he was picked up by Toomey on August 20 on Coastal Highway just south of the sea Esta IV Motel in Rehoboth Beach, and then driven to a secluded location within the Parker's Point development west of Millsboro.

Police say Dutton then removed his trouser belt and used it to strangle Toomey from behind.  Police say Dutton then drove the taxi through various locations throughout Sussex County before stopping and abandoning the vehicle on Country Living Road near Millsboro.

WBOC spoke with Cassandra Webb, Toomey's sister, following the arrest.  Webb told WBOC what detectives had told her about the motive for the crime.

"He killed him because he didn't have his cab fare money.  He didn't have the money to pay for the ride."

Police say the death of William Toomey was classified as a homicide by the Division of Forensic Science after an autopsy was performed on August 21 and ruled strangulation as the manner of death.
 
Police say Dutton remains incarcerated at SCI without bail.  Dutton will have an appearance in court in the next few days and Webb said she will be on hand.

"I'm just scared of how I am going to act when I see him.  Because I want to do to him what he did to him.  I really do because he took my brother and my brother is like my son.  I would change his diapers when he was little.  And our birthdays are the same day,"  Webb said.  "We also raced each other to the phone at midnight to see who was going to call who first.  Not this year."



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