Woman arrested in death of Central Texas school bus driver held on one million dollar bond

Jo Ann Wilbert (Jail photo)
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Jo Ann Wilbert, 64, was extradited to the Bell County Jail Thursday from Brevard County Florida after her arrest on a warrant charging capital murder for remuneration and solicitation of capital murder in the 2014 shooting death of a beloved Killeen school bus driver. She is being held in the Bell County jail on a one million dollar bond

She was arrested after an indictment was handed up on July 26.

“Detectives had been working with Brevard County Sheriff’s Detectives, and traveled to Merritt Island, Florida. Both agencies took Wilbert into custody,” police spokeswoman Ofelia Miramontez said.

The charge stems from the Oct 20, 2014 shooting death of Christine Watkins at her home in the 1400 block of Pine Drive, in Killeen.

Officers who responded to reports of gunfire in the area found her in the driveway.

She died at the scene.

Watkins, 64, had worked for the Killeen school district for 35 years.

Andrew Leonard Hardesty, 32, was named in a complaint in October 2015 in connection with the deadly shooting.

He’s charged with murder and an unspecified offense in connection with the deadly shooting.

He’s also held on unrelated charges stemming from an assault on a family member.

His bonds total more than $1 million.

According to a 2015 arrest warrant affidavit, Hardesty told another man that “he had shot a woman while dressed in black and trying to be like the devil.”

A woman told investigators that Hardesty told her “he had done things to…a woman’s residence to try to run her out of the neighborhood,” the affidavit said.

Investigators recovered the .40 caliber Sig Sauer pistol used in the deadly shooting from a man who said Hardesty gave him the weapon “for a debt,” the affidavit said.