5:29 p.m. Oct. 17: Daniel Stillwell killed himself by driving off the Devil’s Backbone, a winding, ridgetop ranch road in Comal County.
After killing his ex-girlfriend and her current lover, he apparently followed through on his plans to kill himself by driving off a cliff. After fleeing the murder scene in a Craddock Avenue apartment, Stillwell told a longtime friend over the phone that he did want to not live in a cage. He was found dead at about 1 p.m.
4:45 p.m. OCT. 17: The double homicide suspect’s roommate told police that Stillwell called him and confessed to killing his ex-girlfriend and her current lover, according to court documents.
Stillwell, who also lives in the same Craddock Avenue apartment complex as his former girlfriend, told roommate Daniel Trottier that he discovered Jesse Robledo’s vehicle parked outside Hailey Nicholls’ apartment, Det. Tommy Villanueva stated in an affidavit used to secure a search warrant.
Stillwell went back to his own apartment and took a handgun belonging to Trottier, the roommate told police. Stillwell found Robledo in bed upstairs and shot him, then turned the gun on Nicholls, according to the affidavit.
Stillwell told Trottier, his friend for 17 years, that he was going to kill himself by driving off a cliff. He said he did not want to live in a cage.
Investigators believe they have located a vehicle driven by Daniel Brewster Stillwell as he fled the scene of a double homicide early this morning, but they have not arrested the suspect, Chief Howard Williams said at a press conference this afternoon.
Stillwell’s ex-girlfriend, 22-year-old Hailey Nicholls, and her current boyfriend, 26-year-old Jesse Robledo were killed in an an apartment at 317 W. Craddock Ave.
Police received a phone call at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday about a disturbance the San Marcos Executive Townhomes. Officer Garner Ames and a trainee, Jesse Cantu, were the first to arrive on the scene, and went to the front door. Sgt. Erik Spriegel and officer Andrew Sparenberg arrived, as well, and went around back where they found a sliding glass door in the back smashed with the brick and the victims dead in an upstairs bedroom.
Stillwell and Nicholls were students at Texas State University. At one point, all three worked together at Chipotle on University Drive, police say.