Murder Trial Day 2: Victim called wife moments before death, says he was shot by gang member ‘Boom’

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JONES COUNTY, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Body cam footage played during Day 2 of a Jones County murder trial reals the victim allegedly called his wife as he was dying and said he was shot by a gang member ‘Boom’. 

The footage, captured by a law enforcement officer who responded to the scene on CR 341 the morning of March 4, 2017, showed the victim, Dusty Childress, deceased in a ditch while his wife told the officer he called her and said, “I was shot by that Bandido – Boom”. 

During opening statements of the trial Wednesday, Prosecutors claimed ‘Boom’ is the nickname of murder suspect Wesley Dale Mason, a known member of the Bandido Biker Club. 

Law enforcement also testified during Day 2 of the murder trial, describing the shell casings and other evidence located at the scene. 

Two witnesses of the fatal shooting testified during day one the trial, saying they both called 9-1-1 after finding the victim in a ditch clinging to life. 

The first witness, who lived in the neighborhood, said he stopped on CR 341 the morning March 4 because he saw a blue truck stopped in the road with the doors open.

After pulling over, he heard three gunshots, followed by muzzle flashes, then saw Childress, fall over into a ditch before the blue truck sped away. 

This witness says he called 9-1-1 while Childress’ wife, who had just arrived at the scene, was heard screaming in the background. 

He didn’t, according to his testimony, get a good look at the shooter.

The second witness, also a neighbor, said Childress’ wife was already performing CPR when he arrived at the scene. 

He too called 9-1-1 after noticing Childress was unconscious and appeared to be deceased. 

He testified that as he was driving up, he saw muzzle flashes then the observed the driver of the blue truck flee the scene. 

This witness says he got a glimpse of the shooter, who he described as a tall, white male with short hair, but when asked if the shooter was present in the courtroom, the witness was not able to identify anyone, including the defendent – Mason. 

Mason’s trial will continue throughout the week. 

Both Mason and Childress were shot during the altercation on CR 341, according to Jones County Sheriff Greg Arnwine, who says Childress was riding a motorcycle and Mason was inside a truck during the incident.

Childress’ death is the second local murder Mason has been connected to in the past two years.

Mason is accused of helping John Patrick Gutierrez bury the body of Carey Rod Tate after Tate was killed inside his Abilene apartment in December of 2014.

Court documents say Mason provided a dog crate which was used to move Tate’s body from the apartment to a shallow grave on Highway 277 in Hawley.

In May of 2016, Mason pleaded guilty to a Tampering with Evidence charge connected to this incident and was sentenced to eight years of probation. Gutierrez pleaded guilty to charges related to Tate’s murder in September of the same year and sentenced to life.

Mason also had an Aggravated Assault charge connected to a stabbing between rival biker clubs at Logan’s Roadhouse in 2013 dropped as part of his Tampering with Evidence plea agreement.

Bandido Biker Club leader Curtis Jack Lewis was found not guilty of his part in the stabbing.

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