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Man with ties to Bandidos indicted for murder of Abilene man

JONES COUNTY, Texas - Wesley Dale Mason, the former Bandido accused of fatally shooting Dusty Childress March 4 near the Abilene landfill, has been indicted for murder.

A Jones County grand jury returned the indictment Thursday, according to the Jones County District Attorney's Office. Mason faces 5-99 years to life in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 if found guilty.

Mason is still being held in the Jones County Jail on a $500,000 bond. He had requested that bond be reduced earlier in May, but that request was denied.

During the alleged shootout with Childress, Mason was shot twice, once in the foot and leg, and taken to Hendrick Medical Center before being transferred to jail.

The Jones County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Rangers are investigating the murder.

In 2013, Mason was one of two Bandidos members arrested in connection with a stabbing at Logan’s Roadhouse in Abilene. Police said Mason and Bandidos President Jack Lewis stabbed two members of the Cossacks Motorcycle Club. Lewis was acquitted.

Last year, Mason pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence - human corpse in the 2014 murder of Carey Rod Tate. Mason received eight years of probation with a $1,000 fine.

Prosecutors say Mason provided a dog kennel and dolly that was used to transport Tate’s body to Hawley.

According to police, John Patrick Gutierrez beat Tate to death with a pipe in Dec. 2014 and then buried Tate’s body in the dog kennel.

In September, Gutierrez pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and was sentenced to life in prison. All other charges were dropped.

The aggravated assault charge Mason faced for the Logan’s stabbing was dropped as part of his plea deal in the Tate murder case. 


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