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Murder charge filed in stabbing death

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A Sulphur Springs man has been charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Justin Daniel Pawlik. Clint Weldon Wilson, 30, was arrested on the charge Wednesday afternoon.

Justice of the Peace Yvonne King set bond at $1 million on the murder charge. Wilson is now being held on a “blue warrant” for parole violation from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Wilson had previously received prison sentences for aggravated assault and deadly conduct.

Sulphur Springs Police Investigator Monty Tipps said Wilson was arrested after some new evidence — an additional weapon — was discovered Wednesday morning by the medical examiner performing the autopsy.

“There was another knife found that was used in killing Mr. Pawlik that we did not know was in his body,” Tipps said. “There was another knife that was found in Pawlik's body that we could not see, we did not know about at the scene. Because of the nature of the crime scene it was just not possible to find.”

Police were called to Wilson’s residence in the 200 block of Bill Bradford after 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6. After officers arrived, Pawlik was found lying in the street a block away from where a fight had occurred. Pawlik's former girlfriend, Dionne Penny, 36, and Wilson were at Wilson’s residence and had both sustained lacerations.

Tipps said the doctor at the medical examiner's office told investigators it would have been difficult for anyone to have seen the newly discovered knife at the scene.

“We are doing further analysis on [the knife] as well as some other evidence we have to get some explanations,” Tipps said.

Tipps said he and other investigators suspect anger as a primary motive for the fight that led to the slaying.

“We know that Mr. Pawlik was extremely upset over this situation of his ex-girlfriend being at the home of this other person,” he said. “But as far as what his intentions really were, I don't know. I've been told two different stories, and I haven't confirmed that Dionne Penny and Clint Wilson were boyfriend-girlfriend. From what I've gathered, they were more like associates. Mr. Pawlik might have thought differently, but I have no confirmation of any of that.”

Tipps said investigators were still interviewing potential witnesses and other people who may have any information about the days leading up to the fatal confrontation.

Tipps said interviews with neighbors turned up only one person who said they heard a disturbance but did not look outside. The two people who found Pawlik lying in the street in the 100 block of Bill Bradford Road had no knowledge of the incident, which occurred in the 200 block of Bill Bradford.




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