ITALY

Italy Police have identified a person of interest in connection with the murder of Richard Earl Wilson. The 59-year-old Italy resident was found dead in his backyard July 13 from a gunshot wound to the head.

Italy Police officers were dispatched at about 6:15 p.m. to a home in the 700 block of Williams Street. Upon entering the backyard of the residence, they found Wilson deceased. The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office determined Wilson’s cause of death to be from a homicide.

Italy Police Chief Mike Taylor stated information during the investigation led detectives to the person of interest.

“We are still interviewing suspects at this time,” Taylor said. “We do have a person of interest that we are looking at this time and the investigation remains ongoing."

Taylor stated Wilson's family has offered a $4,000 reward for information that would lead to an arrest and conviction.

Italy Police Capt. Scott Peters previously stated some residents reported hearing a gunshot around the suspected time of the incident, though police do not believe anyone else was at home at the time. The house does not have a call history with the police department.

Members of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Rangers are providing assistance on the investigation.

Peters still encourages the public to come forward with any information.

People who have information about the murder can contact Peters at the Italy Police Department at 972-483-6414 ext. 204. The police department is located at 161 E. Main Street in downtown Italy.

If people have information but would like to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers of Ellis County at 972-937-7237 or online at www.waxahachiecrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers of Ellis County will pay up to $1,000 for information on this crime.