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March 27th, 2016
Kyle man charged in girlfriend’s fatal shooting


12:36 p.m. SUNDAY, MARCH 27 | Kyle police have arrested James Craig Keen, 49, of Kyle, in connection with an incident resulting in the shooting death of a woman at a home in the 100 block of Grant Way Saturday.

Keen, who was arrested at 10:50 p.m. and booked into the Hays County jail, is charged with first degree murder in the death of Erin Wright, 39, of Kyle. According to Hays County jail records, Keen is being held without bond at this time.

Police received a 911 call at 7:50 p.m. Saturday where the caller said someone was injured at the home and may have been shot.

Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett said Saturday evening there was indication there may have been a verbal argument in the home.

“Our officers arrived within a few minutes,” Barnett said in a statement. “They saw an adult female laying in the front yard who appeared to be deceased.”

Hays County Justice of the Peace No. 2 Judge Beth Smith pronounced Wright dead and has ordered an autopsy.

Three children were in the home at the time of the incident. None of the children were injured and all are in the custody of the Kyle Victim Services Coordinator.

Police don’t believe Keen and Wright were married, but have information that shows they were living together.

Kyle Police are investigating the incident as a possible homicide.



12:43 p.m. SUNDAY, MARCH 27  KYLE — The Kyle Police Department is investigating a shooting at a home in the 100 block of Grant Way where a woman was found dead in the driveway.

According to Kyle police Chief Jeff Barnett  authorities received a call at approximately 8 p.m. Saturday where the caller said there was a person was injured and may have been shot.

When authorities arrived, they found a woman dead in the driveway.

Barnett said the manner and cause of death has not been determined. The woman’s identity has also not yet been released. Hays County Justice of the Peace No. 2 Judge Beth Smith is on scene, Barnett said.

Authorities found one man and three children inside the home; all were uninjured. Barnett said police have interviewed the man and the three children, and are interviewing nearby residents.

Barnett said there was an indication of a verbal argument in the home. Kyle police are investigating the incident as a homicide. Police believe the shooting was an isolated incident involving the residents only.

Kyle police remain on scene and are continuing to gather information as part of the investigation.

MOSES LEOS III reports for the Hays Free Press where this story was originally published. It is reprinted here through a news partnership between the Free Press and the San Marcos Mercury.

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