Joshua Jerell Wilson, 31 (dob 3/24/80), last known address 4760 Kenneth, Beaumont, Texas, was sentenced today (12/2/11) to a term of ninety-nine (99) years in the state penitentiary in connection with the 2010 murder of Hayward David Monceaux in Port Arthur’s Louis Manor apartment complex.
On September 23, 2010, Monceaux was staying with family in the Port Arthur complex when he was shot and killed in a courtyard area between several buildings on the western perimeter of the complex. One witness reported hearing a single gunshot, then seeing Monceaux fall to the ground, while a man he later identified in a photo lineup as Wilson ran away to the southern part of the Louis Manor. Other witnesses testified that Wilson, who did not live in the complex, had been hanging around for a couple of days, asking who “was making money” in the complex, and that it appeared that Wilson and Monceaux appeared to be “passing words” in some kind of dispute some days before the murder.
The wife of the victim testified that on the afternoon of the murder Wilson, who she had never met, approached her asking specifically for her husband by his nickname.
Wilson learned that he was a person of interest and appeared at the Port Arthur Police Department in the wee hours of the morning of September 24, where he submitted to a gunshot residue test. An analyst from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office testified that there were particles present in the sample that could be explained by Wilson having fired a gun. This confirmed the testimony of another civilian witness who told the jury that Wilson had bragged to him in Lake Charles that he had “gotten away with murder” in Port Arthur, and gave details that could only have been known to someone that had been at the scene. The description of the shooting Wilson gave was confirmed by the testimony of the medical examiner, who described that Monceaux died due to a close range gunshot wound to the back left side of his head.
Prosecutor Ramon Rodriguez said, “The jury did a great job in using their common sense to see through the “CSI” defense that Wilson put up. Alone none of the witnesses made the case, it was only by looking at the entire presentation that the truth came out.”
Regarding the sentence handed down by presiding judge John Stevens, Rodriguez said, “That sentence showed that the judge understood that no one deserves to die like Hayward Monceaux did. Judge Stevens considered the fact that the victims’ son will grow up without a father, and the wife will never be able to rely upon her husbands’ presence in their lives. Judge Stevens sent a strong message to this defendant.”
Wilson had previous conviction for burglary in April of 2000, and he must serve thirty (30) of his sentence before he can be considered for parole.