By KERRY CRAIG
News-Telegram Staff Writer
Bonds totaling $900,000 have been set in Franklin County for Clint Weldon Wilson, 31, of Sulphur Springs in connection with the shooting death of a Mount Pleasant man around noon Saturday at a residence in southern Franklin County.
Wilson is charged with the murder in the shooting death of Juvenal Gonzales, 37, of Mount Pleasant. He has also been charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and theft of a firearm.
According to the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald, a “person of interest” had also been taken into custody in connection with the shooting incident.
Authorities noted in the preliminary investigation that Gonzales had gone to the residence to pick up his children for visitation, when a verbal argument ensued between Gonzales and the mother of his children, according to the Optic-Herald. At a later time during the dispute, Wilson entered the room and fired multiple shots. According to the Franklin County sheriff’s office, no children were present in the residence at the time of the shooting.
Gonzales was transported to ETMC Mount Vernon where he was pronounced dead.
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office is being assisted by the Texas Rangers and Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Scene Reconstruction Team.
Wilson had been charged with murder in Hopkins County in connection with the stabbing death of Justin Daniel Pawlik in December 2011.
A Hopkins County grand jury last April refused to indict Wison on murder charges in connection with that death, according to then District Attorney Martin Braddy who said grand jurors had no other choice.
“The grand jury, and rightfully so, had no other choice under the law but to no-bill him for the murder,” Mr. Braddy said following the special grand jury session. “The particular circumstance of this case though, unfortunately timely, involved the 'stand your ground' and 'Castle Doctrine self defense' that Texas passed in 2007.”
Although that grand jury refused to render a murder indictment against Wilson, it did return an indictment for a third-degree felony offense of tampering with evidence.
The former district attorney said the indictment for tampering was ultimately thrown out due to facts surrounding the charge and state laws.
At the time of the indictment, Wilson was being held in Hopkins County Jail for a parole violation.
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