Transcripts of Plea Agreement, Testimony from Man Connected to 2014 Murder

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - KTAB and KRBC have obtained copies of the plea agreement made between the Taylor County District Attorney's Office and an Abilene man charged in connection to a 2014 murder - the same man who's now behind bars for another murder that happened last week. 

The plea agreement took place at the Taylor County Courthouse on May 16, 2016. Wesley Dale Mason pleaded guilty under oath to a Tampering with Evidence Charge connected to the murder of Carey Rod Tate who was beaten-to-death with a wrench inside a north Abilene apartment on December 24, 2014. 

Mason is accused of supplying a dog crate and a dolly that were used to transport Tate's body from the crime scene to a shallow grave on private property in Jones County.  

As a part of the agreement, Mason testified against the man accused of killing Tate, Bandido Biker Club member John Patrick Gutierrez. 

Gutierrez pleaded guilty to a Tampering with Evidence charge in connection to Tate's murder in September of 2016 and was sentenced to life for his role in the crime. 

Mason sat down with his attorney and Taylor County District Attorney James Hicks following the plea agreement and detailed the events that took place after Tate was killed, beginning with Mason walking into the apartment to see Tate lying on the floor and ending with Mason saying he spotted Gutierrez at a deer lease in Jones County.

The transcripts for Mason's plea and the testimony that followed can be found in two separate documents below: 

Wesley Dale Mason Plea Agreement

*Editor's note: The name of a witness to the murder has been redacted in the document below because she is not facing charges in connection to the crime. 

Wesley Dale Mason Testimony

Mason is now accused of shooting and killing Dusty Childress on CR 341 in Jones County last week, one of eleven probation violations he's accrued since his plea deal in May.

The violations are detailed in a "Motion to Revoke" probation order District Attorney Hicks issued a few days after Mason was arrested for Childress' murder.

Hicks does plan to seek the maximum punishment of 20 years for the probation violation. 


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