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Wilson pleads not guilty

‘Serial shooter’ accused of murder, aggravated assault

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Mark Rogers

Serial shooter suspect Troy Lee Wilson enters the Ector County Courthouse Wednesday morning.

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The man dubbed the Odessa “serial” shooter pleaded not guilty to all five charges — including murder — during his arraignment on Wednesday morning.

Troy Lee Wilson, 37, sat quietly in shackles as he awaited his arraignment in the 358th District courtroom of Judge Stacy Trotter.

At about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Wilson’s court appointed attorney, Michael McLeaish, stepped away from the courtroom to talk for several minutes. The prosecuting attorney will be Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland.

Wilson was indicted by an Ector County grand jury on one count of murder, first-degree felony, and four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, second-degree felony, on Dec. 17. The charges stem from a string of shootings that left one man dead, another man hospitalized and many Odessans afraid of another random gunman following the Aug. 31 mass shooting that left 7 dead and 25 others injured.

The 37-year-old has five bonds totaling $450,000. He was in the Ector County Law Enforcement Center since Dec. 11, 2019. Previous to his transfer to the ECLEC, Wilson was in custody at the Midland County Detention Center since Sept. 27, 2019.

A Midland County Sheriff’s Office deputy was notified at 12:09 p.m. Sept. 27, 2019, by an Odessa Police Department undercover unit that it was following a white 2015 Ford F-150 that matched the description of a possible murder suspect that was linked to several shootings in Ector County, a previous Odessa American article detailed.

The MCSO deputy reportedly saw the pickup with an obscured rear license plate and a tool box at 12:19 p.m. at mile marker 128 on Interstate Highway 20. A traffic stop was attempted, but the pickup failed to stop. The MCSO deputy activated his emergency siren on his marked patrol car and saw the driver through the back window of the pickup appeared to look into both the driver and passenger side mirrors and reach with his right arm inside the vehicle for an unknown object.

The pickup continued east at 55 mph for four miles before it exited at mile marker 131, a previous Odessa American article detailed. The vehicle stopped near Interstate Highway South Service Road just west of Texas Loop 250.

During the traffic stop, there were reportedly two firearms with similar ammunition from the fatal shooting scene. Wilson told a Texas Ranger during a video recorded interview on Sept. 27, 2019, that he shot 31-year-old Juan Leonardo Rosalez twice in the head on Sept. 26, 2019, after Rosalez had pulled off the road with car trouble on Business Interstate 20 between Farm-to-Market Road 1936 and the Interstate 20 overpass.

Jesus Alvarado, 52, was shot at 4:22 p.m. Sept. 24, 2019 and sought help at the Pilot Truck Stop located near the intersection of Meteor Crater Road and Interstate 20.

Alvarado was reportedly shot in the abdomen while he was waiting on the side of the road for a crew truck to arrive. That man was later treated and released from Medical Center Hospital. The fourth shooting that night was fatal.

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Mark Rogers

Serial shooter suspect Troy Lee Wilson enters the Ector County Courthouse Wednesday morning.