TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A Smith County jury has found a Houston man guilty of murder for shooting and killing a Lindale man at a Tyler motel in July of 2016.
The jury will now decide Jared Wilson's sentence.
The prosecutor explained how Jared Wilson went to Walmart and got new clothes and a burner phone.
"This man went and fought for the right for this man to defend himself for killing him," Bullock said. "Ridiculous."
Bullock said Tommy Wilson served in the military in Afghanistan.
In opening arguments of the sentencing phase, the prosecutor told the jury that Tommy Wilson was a 20-year veteran of the Army.
Det. Chris Miller of Tyler Police then testified that Jared Wilson was a member of a blood gang.
During cross-examination, Miller confirmed Jared Wilson was not listed in any gang database. He did say that in a 2014 interview, Wilson said he "ran with the bloods."
After Miller said that, Wilson shrugged and raised his hands in confusion.
Another police detective testified about Wilson's criminal record, including an incident in which he pointed a gun at a woman.
Tommy Wilson's wife of 22 years took the stand.
"Tommy was a very, very good man," she said. "He would give you the shirt off his back."
She said while he worked as a recruiter in Tyler, Tommy Wilson was injured in a motorcycle wreck.
She said her husband suffered from PTSD after serving in Afghanistan. She said they separated while he was working as a jailer with the Smith County Sheriff's Office.
She said their daughter was pregnant with Tommy Wilson's grandchild on the day he died.
Tommy Wilson's daughter testified she was going to go to her father's home to invite him to their upcoming sonogram.
"He was the best dad," she said. "Halloweens were the best and they're hard now. Birthdays are hard. I lost the most important person in my life."
During his daughter's testimony, several people in the courtroom could be heard crying.
The defense will present their witnesses starting at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.
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