Man charged with murder of Fort Hood soldier Pfc. Brandon Rosencrans

Elizabeth Howe
August 07, 2020 - 12:19 pm
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A man from Killeen, Texas was charged with the murder of Fort Hood soldier Pfc. Brandon Rosencrans who was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head in May. 

Brandon Michael Olivares, 28, was charged with shooting Rosencrans, 27, Killeen police said Thursday. According to investigators, Rosecrans and Olivares were driving together in the soldier's car on the day of the shooting. Rosencrans was reportedly removed from the vehicle and left near the roadway about 13 miles from Fort Hood.

Despite previous reports that Rosencrans was found inside the vehicle, more recent accounts from the Killeen police say the vehicle and Rosencrans were found several miles apart. The vehicle was set on fire. 

Local law enforcement has not yet identified a motive. Olivares was already in custody at the Bell County Jail for unrelated charges when the warrant for Rosencrans' murder was issued. 

On Wednesday, Justice of the Peace Cliff Coleman arraigned Olivares and set his bond at $1 million.

Rosencrans was assigned to the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. After joining the Army in May of 2018, Rosecrans joined 3ABCT in November of 2018. His home of record is listed as Kimberling City, Missouri.

"Command Sgt. Maj.  Ryan McLane and I would like to express our deepest regrets to the family and loved ones of Pfc. Brandon Rosecrans," commander of 3ABCT Col. Kevin Capra said in a statement in May. "The thoughts and prayers of the Soldiers of 215th Brigade Support Battalion and the Greywolf Brigade are with them during this difficult time."

Fort Hood has one of the highest rates of murder, sexual assault, and harassment in the Army, Secretary Ryan McCarthy said Thursday during a visit to the Texas base. 

Army secretary: Fort Hood has high rates of murder, assault

McCarthy visited the base weeks after he ordered an independent review of the command climate at Fort Hood following the slaying of Spc. Vanessa Guillen. 

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