DUNCAN (KFDX/KJTL) — A man has been arrested in connection to the murder of William Derek Wright who was found dead in his front yard Tuesday.
According to Wichita Falls Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Charlie Eipper, James Gunter May, 31, was arrested in Duncan Wednesday night.
Sgt. Eipper said he believes Crime Stoppers tips and other tips developed through the investigation that made May the suspect.
Sgt. Eipper said officers found evidence pertaining to the investigation on the scene in Duncan as well as an important person of interest during the arrest.
May is being held on a $1 million bond.
Police officers found Wright dead in his yard in the 1600 block of Hamlin Avenue after a welfare check at 8:24 a.m. Monday morning.
May has a long criminal record in both Wichita and Archer counties, with 20 arrests, 8 convictions, 5 prison sentences and one state jail sentence.
May is listed as on parole until May 2021.
May has eight arrests for DWI or public intoxication, one for assault in Burkburnett, and numerous arrests for violations of parole and probation.
May is most known for his arrest along with another man and two women for the theft and destruction of a painted horse from Tangles Salon in 2012.
May was sentenced to 10 years in a state jail.
May also has arrests in Clay and Archer counties.
In 2017, May was arrested after police said he took a car from a dealership in Burkburnett using his mother’s credit card as security for a test drive.
When called by the dealer, police said May told him he was in Duncan and would return the car later, but never did.