Houston man found guilty of murder in death of man at Tyler motel

Published on Wednesday, 1 November 2017 18:30 - Written by LOUANNA CAMPBELL, lcampbell@tylerpaper.com

A 31-year-old Houston man has been found guilty of murder in the 2016 death of Thomas Glen Wilson, of Tyler. 

A Smith County jury on Wednesday found Jared Eugene Wilson, a known gang member and pimp, guilty of the first-degree felony charge after two days of testimony in Judge Jack Skeen's courtroom. The victim and suspect are not related.  

The prosecution rested their case about 9 a.m. when court reconvened. 

Jared Wilson's former girlfriend Rachel Woods, 21, of Lindale, testified as a defense witness after receiving immunity in the case due to her felony arrest and indictment in an unrelated case in Smith County. 

Woods testified that she came to Tyler July 4, 2016, with Jared Wilson, who she admitted was her pimp.

Woods said she got into an argument with Jared on July 5 and went to Lindale to get Thomas Wilson, a relative's boyfriend, to help her get her belongings from Jared Wilson.

The prosecution questioned Woods and her ability to tell the truth and remember facts. The prosecution noted Woods was under the influence of ecstasy when Thomas Wilson was shot and had changed her story several times through the course of interviews with police and the district attorney's office. 

Thomas Wilson came to Woods' aid at the hotel and that's when Jared Wilson shot him in the chest, according to testimony. 

The jury saw body camera footage of Woods after police were called to the scene. 

Tyler police found Thomas Glen Wilson dead on July 5, 2016, at the Royal Inn and Suites in the 2600 block of WNW Loop 323 in Tyler. 

Jared Wilson ran from the scene of the alleged murder. A Department of Public Safety Trooper located his vehicle near Anderson County and took him into custody a few hours later, according to law enforcement reports. 

The sentencing phase of the trial started shortly after 3 p.m. The prosecution's witnesses in the sentencing portion included a gang intelligence officer from the Tyler Police Department, a finger print expert from the Tyler Police Department, Thomas Wilson's ex-wife and daughter. 

Judge Skeen recessed the court about 4:30 p.m. and instructed the jury the court will reconvene at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

The defense will present their side of the sentencing portion of the trial on Thursday. 

Jared Wilson has been in the Smith County Jail on a $500,000 bond since he was transferred there from Anderson County after he was arrested. 


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