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Odessa Man Facing New Charges in Connection with 20 Year Old Cold Case

by Victor Lopez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA--An Odessa man, originally cleared of murder, now faces new charges in a 20-year-old cold case.

67-year-old Virginia Washelesky was found dead inside her Zeneta Avenue home in Odessa on August 24th, 1990.  Now, the man authorities say is responsible, is facing two new charges, related to the same case. 
     
Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland says, his office decided to re-indict 53-year-old Johnny Lee Wells because the previous indictment did not adequately match the evidence.

Wells, who was originally charged with one count of murder, now faces one count of murder and one count of capital murder.

The new indictment accuses Wells of trying to rob and rape Washelesky, stabbing her in the neck and torso with an unknown object. 

Wells was a person of interest in the brutal stabbing, almost from the beginning.  It wasn't until DNA evidence taken from the scene linked him to the crime in 2006.

Wells is currently in custody at the Ector County Detention Center on $1 million bond.

No trial date has been set yet.  

If convicted, Wells faces life in prison.

Bland says he would not be eligible for parole until he serves no less than 30 years behind bars.

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