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74-year-old Man Tried To Help His Nephew And Provide A Roof Over His Head. Instead, The Nephew Shot Him To Death.

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Source: Tarrant County Jail; MEGA

Oct. 7 2022, Published 8:58 a.m. ET

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A Texas man killed his uncle, who tried to help him turn his life around.

Now, he will never walk free again.

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Last month, a Tarrant County judge sentenced Martin Wilson, 33, to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the shooting death of his uncle James Wilson Sr. Martin was found guilty and convicted by a jury of murder.

On June 3, 2019, officers responded to the elder Wilson’s east Fort Worth, Texas, welding shop on East Maddox near Highway 287 after reports of a shooting, according to Audacy. Upon arrival, they found the victim with multiple gunshot wounds while he sat in his pick-up truck.

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The 74-year-old victim was rushed to John Peter Smith Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.


Against some resistance from the victim’s son, James Wilson Jr., the elder Wilson had extended a helping hand to the defendant, who was homeless at the time. Soon, the elder Wilson attempted to evict the defendant from the welding shop, ultimately leading to the victim's demise.

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“My father was a good dude who looked out for everyone. He would never say ‘no’ to anyone. He [Martin Wilson] doesn’t need to be around anyone. He killed the only person who was trying to help him,” said James Wilson Jr., according to Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Martin fled the scene, but three days later, he was tracked down by his cousin at the 2800 block of Burchill Road. Then, James Wilson Jr. fired shots at the defendant and missed. However, officers who were surveilling the home to apprehend Wilson arrested both men.

James Wilson Jr. was sentenced to three years probation for shooting at his cousin.


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