San Marcos police have arrested a 20-year-old Austin man they say stabbed and killed another man of the same age at a party on Allen Street early Sunday.
Brelyn Javon Sorrells, 20, was taken into custody shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday after he was interviewed at police headquarters. He is charged with murder, a first-degree felony, and is being held at the Hays County jail on a $750,000 bond. Additional charges will likely be filed, city spokesperson Melissa Millecam said.
Sorrells is accused of stabbing Arthur Martinez, 20, who died at Central Texas Medical Center shortly after 1 a.m.
“For the past four days all of our detectives worked on it… Good investigations are about quality, not speed,” Police Chief Howard Williams said.
Officers who arrived at a residence at 704 Allen Street to investigate a noise complaint found about 300 revelers going strong into the early morning hours of Feb. 3.
At some point during the party, Police Chief Howard Williams said, Sorrells and Martinez got into an argument inside the house. Investigators say Sorrells stabbed Martinez.
Police found the weapon used in the attack inside the Allen Street residence and, eight hours later, executed a search warrant at Sorrells’ Austin home. Over the next few days, conducted dozens of interviews with party-goers, Williams said.
The chief said the investigation was complex and made more so by conflicting witness accounts and attempts to obstruct the inquiry.
“There were many witnesses who gave inconsistent statements about the event, and people were tampering with the evidence and with witnesses. I believe that our detectives did an exceptional job in detailing what happened that night. The investigation uncovered additional victims about whom we were not aware the night that it happened,” Williams said.