Negotiations are underway to return the prime suspect in a Lubbock homicide back to the South Plains. Late Monday afternoon, police issued a capital murder warrant for Vernon Gilmore. He is currently behind bars in Johnson County, near Fort Worth. Police want to question him about the murder of Rex McGuire.
"We want him back here as soon as possible so we'll have a chance to talk with him about his activities from this weekend and any relationship he may have with Mr.. McGuire," explains Lieutenant Roy Bassett, Public Information Officer for the Lubbock Police Department.
Gilmore was arrested in Burleson Sunday just hours after escaping authorities in Lubbock County. He led authorities on a chase Saturday after he allegedly tried to cash a check on the account of Rex McGuire. McGuire was found shot to death in his Lubbock home last Wednesday. Gilmore is accused of stealing a truck at gunpoint and shooting at police officers.
NewsChannel 11 Spent the day uncovering information about Vernon Gilmore. What we found is a long criminal history that dates back to the 1970's.
"He's been in and out of trouble for years, dating way back to when he was a very young man and has been in federal prison and state prison," explains Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Ronnie O'Neal. Theft, burglary, robbery, possession of narcotics, and murder...O'Neal says those are only a few on the long list of convictions found on Vernon Gilmore's criminal record.
"He had an early charge in 1980 for a murder," points out O'Neal. More than 20 years ago Gilmore was convicted of murdering a man in Lubbock and received a 99 year prison sentence. He served only a few years because of a shortage of prison beds in Texas at the time. Then in 1987 Gilmore was arrested for distribution of cocaine, was sentenced to five years in prison then let out on parole. But it wasn't long before he was found in violation, beginning a long relationship with the U.S. Marshals.
"Since that time, he's been arrested three times for parole violations, this being the third time on a federal charge," explains O'Neal.
These parole violations stem from alleged drug use and fraud during his parole time. Last released from prison in May of 2004, authorities say Gilmore's fate will be decided once he is returned to Lubbock.
He could also face federal charges for possession of a firearm and car jacking. That is under review by the U.S. Attorney.
Authorities tell NewsChannel 11 when Burleson Police arrested Gilmore they uncovered two guns and the drug speed. As for Rex McGuire's missing truck, Gilmore led authorities to the Chevrolet truck we've been showing pictures of. It was abandoned at a hospital parking lot in Fort Worth.
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