Sheriff: Mom’s boyfriend ‘person of interest’ in triple shooting
The 10-year-old girl found dead with her mother and sister at their Northwest Side home last week died of a gunshot wound to the head and neck.
The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office on Thursday positively identified the victim as London Sophia Bribiescas and ruled her death a homicide.
She was in fifth grade at Leon Springs Elementary School.
The death of her mother, Nichol Leila Olsen, 37, was ruled a suicide. The death of Olsen’s other daughter, Clark High School cheerleader Alexa Denise Montez, 16, was ruled a homicide. Each died of a gunshot wound to the head.
Their bodies were found inside their home in the 11300 block of Anaqua Springs, located in a gated community.
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Also Thursday, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said that Olsen’s boyfriend is a “person of interest” but not a suspect in the case.
Charlie Wheeler, 31, has complied with officers and submitted to tests examining his hands for any traces of gunshot residue, the sheriff said.
“He’s been cooperative with us knowing full well that under the circumstances he’s a person of interest,” Salazar said. “We’re not calling anybody a suspect at this point.”
San Antonio attorney Mark Stevens, who represents Wheeler, expressed frustration with the sheriff’s comments.
“What we would ask is that people not jump to conclusions, that they not demonize this young man who does not deserve it, that they let the professionals do their jobs and complete this investigation and respect the privacy of presumptively innocent people and of Charlie Wheeler, who did not commit a crime here,” Stevens said
Wheeler reported finding the bodies around 9 a.m. Jan. 10.
Salazar said his officers aren’t relying solely on the medical examiner’s findings and will be investigating fully, noting there are numerous “unanswered questions.”
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Friends and family have disputed the ruling on Olsen’s death, saying that she would not have committed suicide or harmed her children.
Friends of Olsen who don’t believe she committed suicide have established a GoFundMe page called “Searching for the Truth” to help fund further investigation. Their fundraising goal is $50,000. Contributors had already donated $5,600 less than an hour after the page was established.
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