Man accused of killing repo man indicted

An Odessa man accused of gunning down another person who was trying to repossess his vehicle in October has been indicted by an Ector County grand jury.

Khalifah Ibn Muhammad, 2000 E. 42nd St., was indicted on a charge of murder on Dec. 7, according to documents provided from Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland’s office. According to jail records, Muhammad was still being held at the Ector County Detention Center on a $2 million bond.

Muhammad is accused of shooting 24-year-old Brandon Lee Russell around 10:45 p.m. Sept. 30 outside the Acacia Apartments, 4775 Oakwood Drive.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Muhammad called emergency services before the shooting to complain about someone trying to repossess his Chevrolet Malibu.

Dispatchers reported hearing Muhammad say, “Why didn’t you let me get my stuff?” to another person before the line disconnected. At 10:48 p.m., about five minutes later, another caller reported hearing about a dozen gunshots, according to the affidavit.

Police arrived to find Russell sitting in a black Nissan Sentra suffering gunshot wounds, while 10 spent 9mm casings laid outside of the Sentra, according to the affidavit. Russell would be taken by ambulance to Medical Center Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Russell, who worked for West Texas Auto Recovery, arrived to repossess the vehicle at the apartment complex with a 27-year-old co-worker identified as Jimmy Tilghman, according to the affidavit.

Tilghman reportedly told police Muhammad emerged from the vehicle and confronted him and Russell when they began to hook up the Malibu to a tow truck. Muhammad, Tilghman told police, said the men were repossessing his car illegally.

Tilghman also told police Muhammad got into the driver’s seat of the tow truck and that Tilghman ordered him out, brandishing a stun gun — an exchange reportedly audible on the call to emergency dispatchers, according to the affidavit.

Muhammad got out of the tow truck, and Tilghman drove it away hauling the Malibu, according to the affidavit. The report says Tilghman looked to see Muhammad reach behind his back before hearing several gunshots.

Police arrested Muhammad at 6:30 a.m. Oct. 3 at the Flying J truck stop at 5900 E. Interstate 20, according to a probable cause affidavit.

If convicted of the first-degree felony, Muhammad faces a minimum of five years to 99 years or life in prison.