Austin has seen its ninth homicide of the year, which seems like such a small number compared to Houston, where the 48th murder has already taken place this year. But the weapon of choice is certainly unusual, though it's one befitting of a city that bills itself as the "Live Music Capital of the World."
Yep. An electric guitar.
The crime took place on Sunday at an apartment complex in southeast Austin where, according to KVUE, 42-year-old Peter Andrew Levay was drinking with his upstairs neighbor, 64-year-old Maurice Leray Eckert.
Lavern Fisher, Levay's roommate, told KVUE that Levay told him Eckert began making sexual advances. The situation turned violent when Levay allegedly reacted by beating Eckert with an electric guitar. He then called his sister, who called the Austin Police Department, who found Eckert dead in his apartment with a blunt trauma to the head.
The victim's clothes and wallet were found at Levay's apartment (officials cite robbery as another possible motive).
APD booked Levay early Monday morning. He has been charged with murder, and is currently being held on a $200,000 bond at the Travis County Correctional Complex.
See the news report (and the rest of Fisher's bizarre testimony) here.