Man Charged With 20 Year Old Murder Headed to Trial

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - A man charged in an Odessa cold case murder finally is headed to trial more than two decades after the crime.

Jury selection for Johnny Lee Wells got underway on Monday.

He's charged with capital murder in the 1990 death of Virginia Washelesky.

DNA evidence landed Wells behind bars for the murder in 2004.

Wells was first indicted in February of 2007 on murder and those charges were upgraded to capital murder in a re-indictment in May of 2010.

The trial starts on Tuesday.

If convicted, he faces life in prison.