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Posted: Thursday, May 5, 2011 12:00 pm

By Philip Jankowski

Killeen Daily Herald

BELTON - A grand jury returned a murder indictment against Mario Lamont Lewis Wednesday in connection with the Feb. 19 shooting death of Lynn Wilford in Killeen.

Lewis, 39, eluded authorities for more than two months before being arrested in Illinois. He remains in Chicago, where Chicago police and U.S. Marshals arrested him April 18.

According to an arrest affidavit, Wilford was shot twice in the head while lying on the ground. The affidavit states police found two bullets buried six inches into the ground directly under Wilford's head.

Assistant Bell County District Attorney Murff Bledsoe said the location of the bullets suggested Wilford, who was 32 at the time of his death, was shot by someone standing over him.

Police responded to a call of shots fired at 6:43 a.m. Feb. 19 to a four-plex apartment building in the 200 block of East Garrison Avenue in north Killeen.

After interviewing witnesses, police determined Lewis, who is also known as "Big G," shot Wilford following an argument outside the apartment building, the report states.

Lewis' girlfriend told police Lewis and several other people were socializing in her apartment when they heard a loud argument coming from the next door unit.

Lewis and two other people at the gathering went next door and knocked on the door. Wilford emerged and the two began to argue.

One witness told police he was walking away when he heard several gunshots. When he turned around he saw Wilford running toward a fence.

The witness heard more gunshots and then heard Lewis uttering expletives and saying, "I can't believe this man," the report states.

One witness told police he heard a total of six shots, four shots fired rapidly followed by two more. Lewis was seen carrying a brown-handled revolver concealed in his pants.

Police found Wilford with gunshots to his body and head. Bledsoe could not say how many times Wilford was shot as the full autopsy is not yet available.

After the shooting, Lewis grabbed one of his friends and had her drive him to another residence. Sometime later, he fled Killeen.

Lewis has a previous conviction in Bell County for possession of a controlled substance more than 4 grams but less than 200 grams, according to his indictment.

Contact Philip Jankowski at philipj@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7553. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcrime.

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