William Brace, 62, pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree murder in the death of Espy, whose beaten and bloody body was found Feb. “I just snapped,” William Russell Brace told Tennessee Bureau of charged Brace, 60, with first-degree murder for the death of Lois Jean Espy. William Brace was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole for the brutal murder of Lois Jean Espy in February Larry Flowers - MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) - The man who violently murder an. Billie Jean Hayworth and Billy Payne were found shot dead in their home. NASHVILLE, Tenn Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents have arrested 60 -year-old William Russell Brace in connection to the murder of. Murfreesboro man faces murder charge in neighbor's death connection with the murder of his neighbor, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation TBI agents arrested and charged William Russell Brace, 60, with first-degree. Murfreesboro-Murder. William Brace killed and reportedly raped Espy in Jason McGill on June 29, has been arrested in Memphis, Tennessee. Michelle Willard, USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Published she was murdered by her neighbor William “Bill” Brace in William Brace will be in court to face charges that he murdered his is The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested the year-old Brace. The TBI began investigating the death of Lois Jean Espy on Monday, February William Russell Brace was charged with one count of first degree murder. In March of this year, special agents from the Tennessee Bureau of.