Spc. Jovino Jamel Roy, 22, has been charged with murder in the shooting of Michael Steven Wardrobe.

Spc. Jovino Jamel Roy, 22, has been charged with murder in the shooting of Michael Steven Wardrobe. ()

AUSTIN, Texas – A Fort Hood soldier was charged Wednesday with shooting a former soldier and killing him two days earlier during a late-night argument, according to local police.

Spc. Jovino Jamel Roy, 22, was charged with murder after allegedly shooting Michael Steven Wardrobe, 22, Monday at a Killeen residence, according to a news release from the Killeen Police Department.

Roy was arraigned Wednesday and in Bell County jail with a $1 million bond, according to police.

Roy served with Fort Hood’s 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade and Wardrobe left the Army at the end of January as a specialist, according to information from Fort Hood.

Officers were dispatched Monday to the 3700 block of Dustin Court at about 10:55 p.m. for a 911 call about a shooting victim, according to the release. When officers arrived, they found Wardrobe unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds and lying in the front of a residence. He succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:22 p.m.

The preliminary investigation revealed Wardrobe and Roy were involved in a verbal argument that became physical. During the fight, police believe Roy fired several shots at Wardrobe and fled the area. Officers found Roy at a nearby convenience store and he was taken into custody, according to the release.

Bell County Justice of the Peace Daryl Peters ordered an autopsy performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

This is the third killing to involve soldiers this month in Killeen, located just outside the gates of Fort Hood.

Spc. Freddy Beningo Delacruz Jr., 23, and Army veteran Shaquan Markell Allred, 23, were two victims in a triple killing March 14 at a Killeen apartment complex. Both men died of gunshot wounds.

Spc. Shelby Tyler Jones, 20, was found dead with a gunshot wound March 1 outside of a convenience store but police believe he was shot at a nearby strip club.

No arrests have been made in either case, according to Ofelia Miramontez, spokeswoman for the Killeen Police Department. Twitter: @Rose_Lori

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Rose L. Thayer is based in Austin, Texas, and she has been covering the western region of the continental U.S. for Stars and Stripes since 2018. Before that she was a reporter for Killeen Daily Herald and a freelance journalist for publications including The Alcalde, Texas Highways and the Austin American-Statesman. She is the spouse of an Army veteran and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism. Her awards include a 2021 Society of Professional Journalists Washington Dateline Award and an Honorable Mention from the Military Reporters and Editors Association for her coverage of crime at Fort Hood.

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