November 22, 2014
The wife of a Clarkston man accused of raping and murdering a 69-year-old woman told KHQ on Monday that her husband is innocent. 53-year-old Basir Muhammad was arrested last week for the rape and murder of Ina Richardson. Muhammad, also known as Billy Joe Dallas, appeared in an Asotin County courtroom on Monday and was supposed to enter a plea in the case, but instead had his arraignment pushed back to next week.
KHQ’s Dylan Wohlenhaus was in the courtroom during Muhammad’s court appearance, and afterwards he spoke with Muhammad’s wife, Detra.
Detra said she believes her husband of six years is innocent and laughed when he was arrested while telling police her husband is not a murderer.
Detra said her husband has a criminal history and is a registered sex offender, but that’s in his past and he has recently turned his life around.
Richardson’s body was found lying on the side of an access road to Chestnut Beach in Clarkston on November 7, 2014. Police said Richardson didn’t have any clothes on and her feet appeared to have been cleaned, indicating she was dumped at the location. Autopsy results showed Richardson was beaten, raped and strangled to death.
Detectives spent the next few days piecing together evidence they found at the crime scene, along with video surveillance evidence that seemed to document Richardson’s last night alive.
A witness told detectives he was asked by Richardson for a ride home on November 6, 2014 from Albertsons, however the witness told Richardson he was not heading in her direction. According to police, surveillance video from Albertsons shows Richardson walking towards a car in the parking lot, followed by the headlights coming on, and then driving away. Police said it was the last time Richardson was seen alive.
Detectives said the car seen driving off was very distinctive. It was a “box-style” older American made vehicle, with a dark driver’s side hubcap, and a chrome one on the rear. Three days after the discovery of Richardson’s body, a Clarkston City Police Officer made a traffic stop on a car matching the description of the one seen in the surveillance video. The driver of the car, 53-year-old Basir B. Muhammad, told the officer he had driven home from his job at a local hotel on November 6, 2014 and was not in the parking lot of Albertsons. Muhammad told the officer there is another car in the area that looks like his.
Detectives believed Muhammad was involved in Richardson’s murder and obtained a search and seizure warrant for his car. Muhammad’s car was scheduled to be searched on November 12, 2014, but detectives said they found condoms, KY lubricant and a box of blue latex gloves in the trunk.