Charges dismissed against man accused in 2007 Universal City fatal shooting

Joseph Selders, Lara Selders still charged with murder of Blase Wright

SAN ANTONIO – Authorities have dismissed criminal charges for one of three suspects accused in the cold case killing of Blase Wright Jr., 21, in 2007.

Michael Carroll Jr., 34, was charged with capital murder, along with Joseph and Lara Selders. The charges against Carroll were recently dismissed pending further investigation, according to Bexar County court records.

Wright was fatally shot on Feb. 2, 2007, at his apartment in an apparent robbery. Arrest affidavits revealed police made a break in the case when two witnesses came forward in July.

Affidavit: Alleged triggerman in 2007 fatal shooting in Universal City arrested

A witness told investigators they saw a man get into a small gold car after the shooting that was occupied by another man and a woman. The same witness told investigators that they were contacted by Carroll before they spoke with Universal City police about the slaying.

Another witness told authorities that Carroll was acting “petrified” the day following the shooting. The affidavit states Carroll told the witness that he saw Joseph Selders leaving Wright’s apartment with an Xbox, and that Joseph Selders “did some s***” the day before.

Carroll denied knowledge about Wright’s death “despite witnesses providing explicit detail of Carroll’s involvement,” police said.

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