Murder indictment handed down in Ft. Hood soldier’s death

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The Bell County Grand Jury indicted Brandon Michael Olivares for the death of Fort Hood Pfc. Brandon Scott Rosecrans.

Olivares was charged with murder and arrested on August 5th, after the body of 27-year-old Rosecrans was discovered in the 2100 block of Fuller Lane in Harker Heights on May 18th.

Pfc. Brandon Rosecrans

An investigation into the death revealed that the victim and suspect were traveling together in
the victim’s vehicle before the suspect discharged a firearm at the victim.

In the arrest affidavit, detectives say Olivares first claimed another person, Jai Smith, killed Rosecrans while they were driving back from San Antonio where they had bought illegal drugs.

Investigators obtained the phone records for all three men to check that story. They noted Smith’s phones never left Killeen that night.

Investigators explained that Smith’s girlfriend confirmed he never left San Antonio that night. She also told detectives that Olivares claimed he shot and killed Rosecrans for trying to rape his girlfriend.

Olivares is in the Bell County Jail on a $1,000,000 bond. He was in jail when he was charged with murder.

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