SAN ANTONIO – The mother of a murdered Bexar County jail inmate is upset over her son's portrayal as a former member of a white supremacist gang.
Alexander Wise was found in his cell in the maximum security area of the jail Thursday afternoon with blunt force injuries. Though the medical team responded to the scene, Wise was pronounced dead about 20 minutes later.
Wise's cellmate, Shandrick Buckley, is facing a capital murder charge.
In a Thursday news conference, Sheriff Javier Salazar said Wise was "believed" to be a former member of the Aryan Brotherhood, a white supremacist gang. However, his mother, Wanda Wise, says that's not the case.
Wise said she had only had sporadic contact with her son since he moved to San Antonio a few years ago. While she stated her son was "no angel" and that he took drugs and stole, Wise did not believe her son had ever been part of the gang. She said he did have a tattoo of a Nazi symbol but it was meant to be in opposition, not support.
"It was a swastika, and he had a big red bar running through it to say 'No,'" she said.
KSAT found a photo posted to Facebook in January 2016 that appeared to show a tattoo on Alexander Wise's chest that closely matched his mother's description, though it was unclear what color the bar across the swastika was. A second photo from March 2016 appears to show the same tattoo incorporated into a larger design.