Man with ties to Bandidos indicted in Abilene man's murder

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A Jones County grand jury indicted a man with ties to the Bandidos motorcycle club Thursday on a charge of first-degree murder.

Wesley Dale Mason is accused of fatally shooting Dusty Childress, 39, on March 4, said Jack Thompson, Jones County District Attorney's Office investigator.

If convicted, Mason faces from five to 99 years or life in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

Mason remains in the Jones County Jail in lieu of a $500,000 bond.

The Jones County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call that came in at 9:43 a.m. March 4 about a man who had been run over and shot on County Road 341, according to Reporter-News archives.

Childress was transported from the scene to Hendrick Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Mason allegedly left the scene in his pickup following the shooting and wound up in a borrow ditch about a half mile away. Police later picked him up at a residence on Private Road 343.

Mason, who had a gunshot wound to his left foot, was taken to Hendrick Medical Center. After he was released, he was arrested and transported back to Jones County.

The confrontation was allegedly biker gang related, according to archives.

In May 2016, Mason pleaded guilty in 42nd District Court in Abilene for moving the body of a man murdered in December 2014.

He received eight years deferred adjudication (probation) with a $1,000 fine for the second-degree felony charge of tampering with evidence-human corpse, according to Reporter-News archives.

Police said Mason moved the body of Carey Rod Tate. He was arrested Sept. 24, 2015. A witness told police Mason allegedly “provided a dog kennel and dolly to put the body in and transport it to Hawley.”

John Patrick Gutierrez, originally charged with murder, avoided trial for his role in Tate’s death, instead serving a life sentence for tampering with evidence,

A court document revealed police also said they tracked cellphone communications between Mason and Gutierrez, and they were able to “show Mason’s cell phone GPS location pinging near the discovery of Tate’s body.”

Tate’s remains were found in Hawley more than a month after his death, according to Reporter-News archives.

As part of Mason’s agreement, the state dropped a case against him for an aggravated assault connected with the Nov. 2, 2013, stabbing of members of the Cossacks motorcycle club in the parking lot of Logan’s Roadhouse in Abilene.

Mason, “a self-proclaimed former member of the rival Bandidos motorcycle club,” testified he stabbed the Cossacks in self-defense during the trial of Bandidos leader Curtis Jack Lewis, who faced the same charge but was acquitted.

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