Sheriff Jalmar Lamar "Jinks" Wilson

Sheriff Jalmar Lamar "Jinks" Wilson

Motley County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, November 12, 1976

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Jalmar Lamar "Jinks" Wilson

Sheriff Jinks Wilson was shot in the chest and killed by two armed robbery suspects when he caught them switching the license plates on two cars on Highway 70 at 11:50 a.m.

Sheriff Wilson was driving a motorist back to his disabled car when they encountered the two men switching the license plates from the disabled car to their getaway car. The suspects opened fire with a shotgun, killing Sheriff Wilson and wounding the citizen.

The two men were escapees from a Louisiana prison. Both men, 25 and 28, were captured within two hours near Crosbyton. Both were convicted of Sheriff Wilson's murder. One was sentenced to 40 years, and the other, the oldest, was sentenced to death on August 10, 1977. On March 21, 1979, the Texas Court of Appeals ordered a new trial. He received a life sentence.

Sheriff Wilson had served with the Motley County Sheriff's Department for 29 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 61
  • Tour 29 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

robbery, suspicious activity, suspicious vehicle

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Was working in the Lubbock CDA office when this case was tried on change of venue. Have never forgotten this
case and how sorry I felt for this good Sheriff and his family as well as the good citizens of Motley County.

Jimmy Frank Davis
Retired Asst. Attorney General

December 10, 2022

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