Deceased: Joshua Hardesty, White male, (D.O.B. 12-21-91)
Arrested: Isaac Jerome Thomas, Black male, age 23
Austin homicide detectives have charged Isaac Thomas Jr. with the murder of Joshua Hardesty. Thomas was already in Bastrop County Jail having been arrested for the November 6, 2018 murder of Tony Lamar Huggins (Murder #31).
Detectives learned about Thomas’ involvement in Hardesty's murder after speaking with witnesses from Murder #31.
The two murder victims do not appear to have known each other though both murders were over the sale of marijuana.
Thomas’ bond has been set at $333,000.
On Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at approximately 2:57 p.m., Austin 911 received multiple calls reporting shots fired at the apartment complex located at 1500 E. Parmer Lane. Callers also described seeing a man lying in the parking lot. Upon arrival, officers located Joshua Hardesty with obvious traumatic injury. Austin-Travis County EMS also responded to the scene. Joshua Hardesty was pronounced deceased at 3:09 p.m. by the Travis County Medical Examiner. A white dog believed to belong to Hardesty remained with him until picked up by animal protection officers.
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