Wesley Scott Murphy (Jail photo)
MARLIN (August 23, 2012)—The Falls County Grand Jury has indicted a Harris County man for the May 24 shooting death of another man in Otto.
Wesley Scott Murphy, 42, was indicted for capital murder in connection with the shooting death of Craig Holland, 50, at Holland’s residence in Otto.
Murphy was arrested after riding his motorcycle more than 20 miles before dawn on May 24 from the shooting scene in Otto, between Mart and Riesel, to the Waco Police Department, where he turned himself in.
Falls County deputies say Murphy broke into Holland’s home early that morning and the two got into a fight that ended in Holland’s shooting.
Murphy grew up in the Marlin area, but had been working as a contractor in Katy, north of Houston.
Murphy remained Thursday in the Falls County Jail where he was ordered held on a $500,000 bond.
Jail records indicate Waco attorney Russ Hunt, Sr., is representing Murphy.
At the time Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said there was no indication why Murphy chose to drive to Waco to surrender.
Swanton said Waco police contacted Falls County authorities, who were already aware of the deadly shooting.
Deputies found the victim Holland dead just after 3:30 a.m. May 24 inside his home on Falls County Road 162 after responding to a 911 call about the shooting.
Justice of the Peace Prebble Polk pronounced Holland dead at the scene and ordered his body taken to the Southwest Institute of Forensic Science, in Dallas, for autopsy.
Sheriff Ben Kirk said his office, along with the Falls County District Attorney's office, Texas Rangers and the Department of Public Safety crime lab investigated the death.
Texas Rangers and Department of Public Safety crime lab technicians were sent to the Waco police building that morning to process Murphy and his motorcycle for evidence.
Murphy was later transferred to the Falls County Jail in Marlin.