HOUSTON – Investigators with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Unit have charged a federal convict with the 2006 murder of his accomplice during an attempted home invasion in north Harris County.
A day after he was released to probation from federal custody, Alvin Wiltz, 37, was charged Wednesday with the capital murder of 27-year-old Jermaine Clemons.
On June 21, 2006, Clemons knocked on the door of a home in the 3300 block of Breckenridge Drive around 1 a.m. When the homeowner answered, Clemons identified himself as a utility worker and said the neighborhood was being evacuated due to a gas leak.
Knowing that his neighborhood was not equipped with natural gas, the homeowner immediately became suspicious and went to get his handgun.
Once outside, Clemons attacked the homeowner. The homeowner fired his gun, hitting Clemons in the chest, according to investigators.
That is when Wiltz came from behind the garage and started shooting. He shot the homeowner in the right arm, but also shot his accomplice, Clemons, in the back of the head. Wiltz then fled the scene.
Physical evidence collected from the crime scene was processed and a DNA profile was developed and stored.
The DNA was later matched to Wiltz. He was serving a federal sentence for delivery of a controlled substance stemming from an arrest in 2008.
Wiltz was arrested without incident on March 6, 2013 during a traffic stop in the 8800 block of Pearl Point.
This the 18th murder solved by the HCSO’s Cold Case Unit since Sheriff Adrian Garcia resurrected it in early 2009.