Published: Wednesday, 05 February 2014 10:46
By Andy Sevilla.
After nearly a year, the Kyle Police Department has filed a criminal case against a person-of-interest in the 2013 hit-and-run death of Phillip Duran, but authorities are keeping quiet on the details.
Police Chief Jeff Barnett said his department filed the case with the Hays County District Attorney last week. He said they are reviewing the case, and information on the facts of the investigation would not be released during the review. He would also not release the name of the suspect as charges have not been filed.
Authorities said last year, a Hays High School student was a person-of-interest in the case, but did not release the identity of the suspect.
According to police, Duran set out on a late-night run April 27 and was apparently struck in an auto-pedestrian collision. His body was found lifeless on the roadside April 28.
Published: Wednesday, 05 February 2014 19:55
By Moses Leos III.
What began as a five-hour SWAT standoff on Friday swelled into a complicated investigation after the discovery of a dead body at a home in the 800 block of Crest Circle Drive in San Marcos.
Authorities believe the owner of the home, who has not been identified, fired a weapon at Kevin Ray Rodriguez, 20, of Buda, fatally shooting him.
Many questions remain unanswered as the Hays County Sheriff’s Department (HCSO) is nearly mum on the issue.
The ordeal began on Friday when a homeowner reported a burglary at 2:27 p.m. HCSO Sgt. Phillip Taylor said the first deputy arrived at 2:33 p.m.
At the time, the homeowner told first responders burglars had barricaded themselves in the home. Taylor told the San Marcos Mercury he was unsure if the homeowner saw any intruders.
It is unknown at what point the homeowner informed the HCSO he discharged a firearm.
The Hays County SWAT team was dispatched, and a five-hour standoff ensued. The Hays County Crisis Negotiation Team attempted to coax the burglars out of the residence.
However, their attempts were unsuccessful, with SWAT entering the home at 7:30 p.m.
According to a HCSO release on Saturday, SWAT found the body of Rodriguez, who was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Precinct 1-2 Margie Hernandez.
But information regarding the dead body was not immediately released by Hays County.
Based on news video at the scene Friday night, Taylor didn’t confirm or deny that anyone was found dead. Early reports surfaced that no one was found inside the residence.
In a follow-up with the Hays Free Press, Taylor said no one was told that nothing was found.
“We said (SWAT) secured the residence and turned the scene over to criminal investigators,” Taylor wrote on Saturday.
He informed another San Marcos media outlet that “we were withholding that information, and I could not answer that question.”
It is still unclear why Taylor withheld that information and why law enforcement could not say if or when a body was found inside.
Information began to trickle in as to what triggered the incident. According to a report in the Austin American Statesman, HCSO Deputy Tom Ormsby said the homeowner returned home with his children, only to find the doors locked from the inside. It prompted the homeowner to fire a gun.
Taylor would not say whether the homeowner was outside the residence when the gun was fired or how many shots were expended.
It is also unknown what kind of firearm was discharged, or if the homeowner knew someone was hit.
The Hays County Criminal Investigation Division (CID) took over the investigation. HCSO officials said CID is trying to piece together the timeline of events that led to the incident. However, they are not prepared to release additional information, believing it could undermine their investigation.
“We are looking for several witnesses,” HCSO CID Commander Dennis Gutierrez said. “… any further release of information may harm the investigation.”
Fox 7 News (KTBC) reported that the CID may submit a report to the Hays County District Attorney by the end of the week. However, HCSO has yet to confirm that statement.