5:01 p.m. SATURDAY, FEB. 6 | A San Marcos man charged with the city‘s first homicide of the year told investigators he killed his roommate after the suspect agreed to be suffocated with a pillow by the victim, but then changed his mind.
The suspect, 21-year-old Esaia Kemuel Morris, said he and the victim, 20-year-old Francisco Sierra, “were discussing suicide and Esaia agreed to let Francisco suffocate him with a pillow. Esaia claimed he repeatedly pushed the pillow away as Francisco tried to suffocate him,” San Marcos police Det. Tiffany Williams wrote in an affidavit used to secure an arrest warrant.
“While doing so, Esaia [said] he pushed the pillow away, removed the handgun he carries on his person and shot Francisco one time in the head,” Williams wrote. “Afterwards, Esaia went to bed then went to work at Epic Piping. While at work divulged what happened to [a] co-worker.”
At his job, Esaia dumped the gun in a retention pond at the River Ridge Business Park; the weapon was found this morning by state and local law enforcement divers. Morris returned to his home and called police shortly after 8 a.m., telling a dispatcher that “he believed his roommate was deceased and had a pillow over his face.”
11:18 a.m. SATURDAY, FEB. 6 | This just in from city of San Marcos spokesperson Kristi Wyatt:
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San Marcos police and Texas Department of Public Safety dive teams located a gun just after 8 a.m. today believed to be the weapon used in the shooting death of 20-year-old Francisco Sierra on Friday.
Esaia Kemuel Morris, 21, was arrested Feb. 5 after he confessed to killing Sierra earlier that day. He also told police he threw away the gun used in the shooting.
Morris later led police to his place of employment, Epic Piping at 2301 Interstate 35 in San Marcos. He showed police the location he tossed the weapon into a pond on the property.
Dive teams surveyed the area Friday afternoon and determined they needed more
equipment before a search of the pond could be conducted. They began the search early this morning and divers were able to locate the handgun.
Morris has been charged with first-degree murder, and is being held in the Hays County Jail on $1 million bond.
He was arrested after police received a call about 8 a.m. on Friday. The caller, Morris, told dispatchers that he found his roommate dead. Officers went to the Villagio Apartments at 1850 Aqaurena Springs Drive to investigate and found Sierra’s body in his bedroom with a gunshot wound to his head.
Sierra’s roommates were taken to the police department to be interviewed along with a visitor at the apartment. Morris confessed to killing Sierra during interviews with detectives.
An autopsy has been ordered on Sierra’s body and will be conducted by the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office.