SMITH COUNTY, TX — Smith County sheriff's officials claim they have solved a 1999 cold case.
William Thomas Young, Jr., was killed back in 1999, but mystery remained behind his death. Authorities suspected Shams Emil Masters, 33, of murdering young, but did not have enough evidence to charge him with murder.
However, Masters was taken into custody at the time of Young's death for possession of methamphetamine, which law enforcement found on him. He received a 6-year prison term.
Officials tell KETK the alleged murderer and victim knew each other.
Young, who was 18 at the time, was killed by a single gunshot wound to the head on February 18, 1999. He was found dead in the the southern region of Smith County off Noonday Road at the Woodlands Estates Subdivision.
Masters is currently being held at the Federal Correctional Institute in Florence, Colorado, for bank robbery. HIs release date was scheduled for January 8, 2024. He will now be extradited to Smith County to face murder charges. That date is unknown.
According to WFAA, Masters, A.K.A. "Goose" for his resemblance to the Top Gun character, is responsible for five bank robberies in 2009. He was eventually arrested by the Ft. Worth Police Department.
Officials say witnesses played a crucial role in getting to this point.
Young's family was notified of the news on Wednesday.