HOUSTON (CBS Houston) According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, investigators with the Cold Case Unit have charged a federal convict with the 2006 murder of his accomplice during an attempted home invasion in north Harris County.
A day after he was released to probation from federal custody, 37-year-old Alvin Wiltz was charged Wednesday with the capital murder of 27-year-old Jermaine Clemons.
HCSO offers details of the crime: “On June 21, 2006, Oscar Richmond was awakened around 1 a.m. by a knock at the door of his home in the 3300 block of Breckenridge Drive. At the door he met with an individual, later identified as Clemons, who identified himself as a utility worker. Clemons informed Mr. Richmond that his neighborhood was being evacuated because of a gas leak. Knowing that his neighborhood was not equipped with natural gas, Mr. Richmond immediately became suspicious and went to get his handgun.”
“Once outside, Mr. Richmond was attacked by Clemons, added HCSO officials. “He tried to defend himself by firing his gun, hitting his attacker in the chest. A second suspect came from behind the garage and fired multiple shots, hitting Mr. Richmond in the right arm and Clemons in the back of the head. Clemons died at the scene. The suspect fled.”
Officials collected evidence from the crime scene and a DNA profile was developed. Upon further investigation and subsequent DNA results, a DNA match was made to Wiltz who was serving a federal sentence for delivery of a controlled substance stemming from an arrest in 2008. He was arrested without incident on March 6, 2013 during a traffic stop in the 8800 block of Pearl Point.
According to Harris County Sheriff’s Office officials, the arrest of Wiltz marks the 18th murder solved by the HCSO’s Cold Case Unit since Sheriff Adrian Garcia resurrected it in early 2009.