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UPDATE: Motel murder said to have happened because victim had large amount of drugs

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UPDATE: (KYTX) - Tyler Police arrested the fourth and final suspect around 1 p.m. Wednesday in the motel homicide of Wesley Scott Lester.

Investigators arrested suspect Michael Tekielleon Browning, 34, of Tyler, for Capital Murder.

Don Martin, Tyler Police Department public information officer, tells CBS 19 that Browning was located at the America's Best Value Inn located at I-20 and Hwy. 155 N.

Browning was the last of four suspects at large wanted for Capital Murder of Wesley Lester.

Arrest warrant affidavits for three of the suspects indicate that releasing surveillance video to the public led to helpful leads coming in to the Smith County Crime Stoppers.

Investigators said there were two witnesses inside the motel room when Wesley Lester was shot to death. That's in addition to the alleged shooter and one alleged accomplice who were inside the room at the same time.

The affidavits indicate that investigators believe Darian Pilkinton actually pulled the trigger in Lester's murder. Investigators believe Lester was killed because the other men wanted to take his large stock of illegal drugs for themselves.

Click here to read Broderick Smith's arrest warrant affidavit.

Click here to read Lawrence Murphy's arrest warrant affidavit.

Click here to read Darian Pilkinton's arrest warrant affidavit.


TYLER (KYTX) - On Tuesday, Broderick Lavar Smith was arrested by Tyler Police Investigators at the Police Department around 4 p.m. Smith was the fourth remaining suspect that investigators were working on obtaining an arrest warrant for Capital Murder. 


Investigators have still not located Michael Tekielleon Browning, 34, of Tyler, who is the only suspect still at large on this Capital Murder case. 

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Browning please contact the Tyler Police Department, at 903-531-1000, or Crimestoppers at 903-597-CUFF (903-597-2833).  Crimestoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and charges filed against the suspects in this case or any felony case.

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