Two new suspects arrested in Del Valle homicide

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(From left to right) Chelsea Wilhelm, Clifton Wade and Reginald Wright, charged with the capital murder of Lee King in Del Valle on May 31, 201_298643

DEL VALLE, Texas (KXAN) — Detectives have arrested two new suspects in the homicide of 68-year-old Lee King in Del Valle on May 31.

Deputies responded to a panic alarm last Tuesday at King’s home on Plains Crest Drive.

As officers tried to force their way inside, Clifton Wade, 37, exited the garage with blood on his face.

Wade told deputies his friend, Lee King, was injured and the suspect, identified as Wright, got away through a back bedroom window. Wade told deputies he saw Reginald Wright assault King with the end of a rifle and strangle him before leaving the scene.

Wright, 41, was arrested near Lockhart the afternoon of Wednesday, June 1. Authorities found him under thick brush around 4:45 p.m. about 1.5 miles from where he ditched his car at the intersection of FM 1185 and Barth Road. Wright has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, capital murder and burglary.

The Travis County Sheriff’s Office investigation revealed that Wright, Wade and a third person, Chelsea Wilhelm, 24, were all involved in the murder, as revealed by cell phone communication. Wilhelm drove the car intended to be used as the “get-away” vehicle.

In text messages from Wade to Wilhelm, he writes, “Don’t let him get to that button,” referring to the victim’s panic alarm.

Wright told detectives that, as he held Lee down, he cooked meth and a poison and then injected the victim with it multiple times between his toes and on his neck.

Wilhelm and Wright are in custody in the Travis County Jail. Wade was just arrested Friday afternoon, deputies say, and is being taken to jail. Wilhelm has been charged with capital murder.

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