Man charged with murder in Edinburg shooting case

Joseph Wilson, 26, was arraigned on a first degree murder charge in connection to a Feb. 11 shooting on Wednesday at the Edinburg Municipal Court. (Molly Smith | msmith@themonitor.com)

EDINBURG — A man has been charged with murder here in connection with a deadly Monday night shooting.

Joseph Wilson, 26, was arraigned on a first degree murder charge Wednesday and Edinburg Municipal Court Judge Toribio “Terry” Palacios set his bond at $1 million. The charge carries a possible sentence of five to 99 years in prison, or life.

Police shared few details Wednesday and have yet to release the name of the 67-year-old male victim since his next of kin haven’t been notified.

The shooting occurred at approximately 11:50 p.m. Monday at an apartment in the 1300 block of North Closner Boulevard, according to a probable cause affidavit. A 20-year-old female witness told police she was at the apartment with Wilson when the victim walked in, prompting an argument between the men about her presence there. The witness told police she went downstairs, at which point she heard gunshots.

Wilson was in the apartment when the responding officer arrived and found the suspect wearing a holstered handgun, according to the affidavit, which went on to note that Wilson allegedly told the officer he had used the gun to shoot the victim. Wilson was detained for questioning, during which he again “implicated himself in the shooting.”

The female victim was also detained for questioning but no charges were filed against her.

Wilson has no previous arrest history in Hidalgo County jail records and, as of press time, remained in the custody of the county jail. No attorney was present to represent him at the arraignment.