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Nephew in custody in murder of 74-year-old Fort Worth business owner, police say

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A man was shot dead outside a small business in Fort Worth Monday afternoon. Police were searching for a suspect and interviewing witnesses, who said the man who was shot was beloved in the neighborhood.
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A man was shot dead outside a small business in Fort Worth Monday afternoon. Police were searching for a suspect and interviewing witnesses, who said the man who was shot was beloved in the neighborhood.

Martin C. Wilson, 30, was taken into custody on a charge of murder in the death of a family member, Fort Worth police said Wednesday.

James Wilson Sr., 74, of Forest Hill, was shot to death Monday. According to family members and friends, Martin Wilson was James Wilson Sr.’s nephew, and the elder Wilson was trying to help the younger man by giving him a place to stay in his welding shop so that he would not be homeless.

“The only thing that I want to hear is that they’ve caught him and put him in jail,” Wilson’s son, James Wilson Jr., said before police announced Wednesday night that Martin Wilson was in custody. “My father was a good dude who looked out for everyone. He would never say ‘no’ to anyone.”

The son said that his father was about to evict Martin Wilson from the welding shop, and that precipitated the fatal shooting.

James Wilson Jr. said that he and others had talked to his father about leaving Martin Wilson alone and said that the man was going to cause him trouble. The son said he believed Martin Wilson was a danger to the community and the faster police could get him off the streets, the better.

“He doesn’t need to be around anyone,” James Wilson Jr. said. ”He killed the only person who was trying to help him.”

The shooting occurred at about 2:40 p.m. Monday outside James Welding shop in the 2500 block of East Maddox Avenue in Fort Worth, police reported.

James Wilson Sr. was sitting in his truck outside his business when he was shot, according to police.

He was pronounced dead from multiple gunshot wounds about 3:15 p.m. at John Peter Smith Hospital, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.

Martin Wilson was sentenced to four years in prison in 2014 on two separate felony assault convictions, and had his probation revoked on a 2012 misdemeanor assault conviction, according to court records.

In a Tweet on Wednesday morning, police asked anyone who knew where Martin Wilson was to call 817-392-4330. Police tweeted again about 9:30 p.m. that he was in custody but did not provide further details.

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