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Enhanced charges for murder suspect

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POSTED July 13, 2013 2:07 a.m.

The third man charged with murder in the death of a 51-year-old Manteca man is facing additional charges.

Justin Wilson, 22, will now face the same premeditated murder charge that was filed last week against the pair of men that are believed to have been directly linked to the fatal shooting of Michael Lawrence late last month.

To date, four men, including Wilson, have been arrested for the death of Lawrence, who was shot three times at close range after an altercation in front of his Williamson Road home. Eyewitness accounts vary, but most put Michael Roessler, 23, and Christopher Oliver, 36, at the scene, and both were arrested in connection with the murder.

Roessler was taken into custody after he was released from the hospital: he crashed his motorcycle on McKinley Avenue while allegedly fleeing the scene. Oliver was also arrested after being discharged from a hospital. He was reportedly shot twice accidentally by Roessler during the incident.

But Wilson’s involvement, and how he fits into the equation, is murky.

Assistant district attorney Janet Smith initially filed the murder complaint against Wilson while he wasn’t even in custody.  He had been previously arrested on the night of the incident for weapons charges and then released, only to be rearrested by Manteca Police after the new charges were filed. He’s currently being held without bail at the San Joaquin County Jail.

Wilson will make his first appearance in court since being arrested on Monday at 8:30 am. in Department 35 of San Joaquin Superior Court in Stockton. Roessler and Oliver will also appear, as will Fernando Delgado, who is facing charges of being an accessory after the fact.

Wilson is also being charged with the initial weapons charges – possession of brass knuckles – as well as being armed with a firearm during the commission of a crime, conspiracy to commit a crime and being an accessory after the fact.

The first-degree murder charge carries a life sentence if convicted, and Smith said that it is not a death penalty case because no special circumstances are involved.

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