Law enforcement awaiting forensics in Murphy Road shooting

Kathryn Cargo By Kathryn Cargo

Feb. 12, 2018 at 10:36 p.m.
Updated Feb. 13, 2018 at 9:01 a.m.

Justin Taylor, 32, was fatally shot at his residence in the 1000 block of Murhphy Road Saturday night.

Justin Taylor, 32, was fatally shot at his residence in the 1000 block of Murhphy Road Saturday night.   Kathryn Cargo for The Victoria Advocate

No arrests have been made regarding the Saturday night shooting of Justin Taylor, 32, at his home on Murphy Road as of Monday.

The Victoria County Sheriff's Office is leading the investigation and waiting on the return of forensics evidence, said Ward Wyatt, office spokesman. Officials don't know when they'll receive the evidence.

Taylor, 32, died Saturday night after being shot, said Chief Deputy Roy Boyd, of the Victoria County Sheriff's Office. Deputies responded at 9 p.m. to the 1000 block of Murphy Road to a reported gunshot victim. Bianca Lopez, 23, called 911 and was present at the time of the shooting.

The District Attorney's Office is helping with the investigation, Wyatt said. District Attorney Steve Tyler said the sheriff's office still has no probable cause for an arrest or a charge regarding Lopez.

The consultation between the District Attorney's Office and sheriff's office is not public record, Tyler said.

"One of the reasons there is no change is I haven't been contacted, I haven't been consulted since they last spoke with me," he said. "The communications between law enforcement and the DA, that's a consultation that would be privileged. It's not subject to discovery, and it's not subject to the open record's request."


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