Pimp may be connected to 1986 unsolved murder, SAPD says

James Bledsoe shot, killed at motel where he worked


SAN ANTONIO – An argument with a pimp might have led to the shooting death of a motel employee, San Antonio police said.

James Bledsoe was walking around the All Star Inn Motel in the 5500 block of North Pan Am (I-35) on March 1, 1986.

"He was seen in the breezeway in front of Room 150, struggling with the suspect," police said.

Gunshots rang out and Bledsoe was seen falling to the ground, where he died. Police said he suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

Witnesses told police that the shooter left in a yellow four-door car, believed to be a 1979 or 1980 Ford. The only description of the suspect was that he was a black male, 20 to 25 years old. He had short black hair ad was between 5 feet, 10 inches and 6 feet tall.

Two women whom police identified as prostitutes in the area were also seen leaving the area in a dark car.

"The previous day, Mr. Bledsoe had asked a suspected black male pimp to leave the motel property after some of the motel workers complained about him. The murder could be related to this incident," police said.

SAPD's Cold Case Squad is still investigating the murder.

If you have any information on the case, call 210-207-7635.