The three suspects charged with murder in the shooting death of an active-duty member of the U.S. Air Force last month thought he was a drug dealer and were attempting to rob him, according to police.
Cedar Park Police say they responded to a call for shots fired at the Lakeline Villas Apartments at 2201 S. Lakeline Blvd. around 9:15 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20.
When they arrived, they found 22-year-old Austin Robert Burroughs with a gunshot wound and attempted life-saving measures. He was pronounced dead 15 minutes later at 9:30 p.m.
Three suspects, 19-year-old Elanna Wilkes, 20-year-old Cornelius Martin, and 19-year-old Darius Burdett-Hornsby, are now charged with murder in his shooting death. They were arrested in Killeen.
According to an affidavit, Wilkes told investigators she drove to the apartment complex with Martin and Burdett-Hornsby and parked in the back because Burdett-Hornsby was going to "hit a lick" and "rob some plugs," slang for robbing a drug dealer for marijuana.
After he got out of the car, Wilkes told police she heard a man say “No, you got the wrong guy,” then heard a gunshot followed by a woman saying, “baby are you okay?”
She told investigators that Burdett-Hornsby got back into the car and apologized to Martin for what happened. Wilkes said she then drove Burdett-Hornsby back to his apartment on Old Manor Road after the shooting.
When police interviewed Martin, he said that he and Burdett-Hornsby robbed an "old lady" earlier before the death of Burroughs. When they got to the Cedar Park complex, Martin claims Burdett-Hornsby got out of the car and "that n---- kill somebody." He says Burdett-Hornsby then got back into the car and put a gun to Wilkes' head, ordering her to drive away.
Burdett-Hornsby told police that Martin gave him a handgun at the apartment complex, where he walked over to Burroughs' vehicle as he was exiting. Burdett-Hornsby says Burroughs attempted to take the gun and it "went off."
According to court documents, Burdett-Hornsby dropped the gun, then picked it back up and ran to the vehicle. He told investigators Martin demanded his gun back, which he hadn't seen since.
The victim's wife identified Burdett-Hornsby as the man who shot her husband.
He, along with Wilkes and Martin, is charged with murder.