Police are investigating the murder of a Texas State student and her boyfriend that occurred early Thursday morning in an apartment complex on the 300 block of Craddock Avenue.
According to the arrest warrant for capital murder, 23-year-old Daniel Stillwell is wanted in the shooting of his ex-girlfriend, fashion merchandising senior Hailey Nicholls, 22, and her current boyfriend, 26-year-old Jesse Robledo. San Marcos Police Chief Howard Williams said while Stillwell has not been arrested, officers believe they know where he is located.
Police responded to two separate disturbance calls around 12:38 a.m. Thursday at the Executive Townhomes apartment complex at 317 Craddock Ave., according to the warrant. Neighbors reported yelling, screaming and “what sounded like someone being thrown against the wall,” as well as possible gunshots coming from within the apartment, the warrant says.
Officers found the back sliding glass door shattered after receiving no answer at the front door. Nicholls was found in the bedroom with a possible gunshot wound to the head, according to the warrant. Robledo, who was on the bed, appeared to have the same wound. Both victims were dead when the officers arrived, Williams said.
Stillwell’s roommate, Daniel Trottier, told police the suspect had called him around 1 a.m. Stillwell told Trottier he saw Robledo’s car outside of Nicholls’ apartment, according to the arrest warrant.
Stillwell went to his apartment, took Trottier’s firearm and broke into Nicholls’ apartment, the warrant says. Trottier described his handgun as a Glock 9mm, according to the search warrant for Trottier and Stillwell’s apartment, also located at Executive Townhomes.
Williams said police have not located the murder weapon.
Stillwell told Trottier he shot the pair and fled the scene with the intention of killing himself by driving off a cliff, the warrant says.
Both of the victims and the suspect worked together at Chipotle Mexican Grill in San Marcos, Williams said. Police believe Nicholls and Stillwell had recently broken up, he said.