Details in TX Repo Murder Released, Suspect Apprehended

khalifa_muhmdOdessa , TX – October 5, 2015 – Odessa police believe the shooting death of 24-year-old Brandon Lee Russell stemmed from an argument about a car Russell and a co-worker were attempting to repossess, according to an arrest affidavit released on Monday.

Russell died Wednesday night after suffering multiple gunshot wounds, according to previous police reports. Khalifah Ibn Muhammad, 29, was arrested Saturday morning at a truck stop on a murder charge in connection with the slaying.

The arrest affidavit states, for the first time publicly, that Muhammad called emergency services before the shooting to complain about someone trying to repossess his Chevrolet Malibu at Acacia Apartments, 4775 Oakwood Drive.

Dispatchers reported hearing Muhammad say, “Why didn’t you let me get my stuff?” to another person before the line disconnected. At 10:48 p.m., about five minutes later, another caller reported hearing about a dozen gunshots.

Police arrived to find Russell sitting in a black Nissan Sentra suffering gunshot wounds, while 10 spent 9mm casings laid outside of the Sentra, according to the affidavit. Russell would be taken by ambulance to Medical Center Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Russell, who worked for West Texas Auto Recovery, arrived to repossess the vehicle at the apartment complex with a 27-year-old co-worker identified as Jimmy Tilghman, according to the affidavit.brandon_Russell

Tilghman reportedly told police that Muhammad emerged from the vehicle and confronted him and Russell when they began to hook up the Malibu to a tow truck. Muhammad, Tilghman told police, said the men were repossessing his car illegally.

Tilghman also told police Muhammad got into the driver’s seat of the tow truck and that Tilghman ordered him out, brandishing a stun gun — an exchange reportedly audible on the call to emergency dispatchers, according to the affidavit.

Muhammad got out of the tow truck, and Tilghman drove it away hauling the Malibu, according to the affidavit. The report says Tilghman looked to see Muhammad reach behind his back before hearing several gunshots.

Police arrested Muhammad without incident at 6:30 a.m. Saturday at the Flying J truck stop at 5900 E. Interstate 20. He was listed Monday as being held at the Ector County Detention Center on a $2 million bond.

Russell was remembered by family and his boss as a hard worker and peaceful man who was loved by his family, according to previous Odessa American reports.

Source: Odessa American

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