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TEXARKANA — An 18-year-old suspect in Wednesday night's double homicide in Texarkana, Ark., was free on bond for allegedly robbing a 15-year-old boy at gunpoint in January at a sleepover in Texarkana, Texas.

Justin Dalton Wilson was arrested by Texarkana, Texas, police in January on a charge of aggravated robbery. The alleged victim and his mother reported that the boy was spending the night at a friend's on Holly Lane in Texarkana, Texas, the night of Jan. 20 along with three other boys, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The group of five teens walked to a convenience store on Richmond Road to buy snacks and ran into Wilson and another teen in the business. The boy at whose home the teens were spending the night reportedly invited Wilson and his friend to join them at the site of the sleepover on Holly Lane.

The alleged victim reported that the group spent time in the back yard practicing boxing. While in the yard, Wilson allegedly pulled a handgun from his pants, which he showed to the group. Later, when the group was inside, Wilson allegedly pulled the gun and demanded that the alleged victim hand over his cash.

"(The alleged victim) advised that he first refused, but the male cocked the gun and pointed it to his head," the affidavit states.

The boy said he handed over $70 in cash to Wilson. Two of the other teens at the sleepover were interviewed and confirmed the alleged victim's account.

The individual with Wilson, who was 15 at the time, has not been charged in Bowie County district court. Juvenile records are not available for public review.

Wilson was 17 at the time of the alleged robbery in Texarkana, Texas. In Texas, defendants are treated as adults at age 17.

Wilson was arrested Jan. 24 by Texarkana, Texas, police and released April 23 on a $75,000 commercial bail bond. He was indicted by a Bowie County grand jury April 4 for aggravated robbery. If convicted of that offense, Wilson faces five to 99 years or life in a Texas prison.

Wilson was arrested on Thursday in Lewisville, Ark., for his alleged role in Wednesday night's fatal shooting. He was wanted on capital murder, aggravated assault and aggravated robbery charges. In Arkansas, capital murder is punishable by death or life without parole. Aggravated robbery is punishable in Arkansas by 10 to 40 years or life in prison.

 

llarowe@texarkanagazette.com

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