Third person charged in Southwest Austin roommate killing

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by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News

kvue.com

Posted on June 29, 2012 at 11:50 AM

AUSTIN -- Police have arrested a third man in connection with a murder in Southwest Austin. Dominic Wilson is charged with arson, a first degree felony.

At 7:49 p.m. on June 24, Austin firefighters were called to a fire at an apartment complex located at 5203 Woodland Oaks Court. When firefighters arrived, they found a 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee broken out and a fire burning in the back seat. As they were putting out the fire, they noticed smoke coming from the duplex at the same address. When no one answered the door, firefighters broke through the front door. They say they found three separate fires burning inside the home. Fire investigators arrived, ruling the fire as "intentional."

Police investigators confirmed the home belonged to Omar Azmitia-Hernandez and Dario Ballard. Azmitia-Hernandez's body was found in South Austin earlier on June 24, and detectives believed Ballard and Dominic Wilson were both suspects in that murder investigation.

On Wednesday June 27, Ballard surrendered and admitted to some level of involvement in the murder and arson. Police were told another man, Kyle Tetley, was already in custody and might have information about the incidents.

Detectives traveled to Travis County Central Booking where Tetley and Ballard were being held on probation violations and murder charges, respectively. Tetley told police he, Ballard and Dominic Wilson worked together to remove Azmitia-Hernandez' body from the home and to a location in South Austin where they were "going to get rid of it."

Tetley says they were interrupted by a security guard at the scene, so they all fled on foot. Tetley said he later met up with Ballard at a hotel room. There, Tetley says Ballard made phone calls to Dominic Wilson. He says he heard Ballard tell Wilson he would pay someone to burn the house. According to Tetley, Ballard agreed to give Wilson $500 and an AK-47 that had belonged to Azmitia-Hernandez as payment for burning the house. According to court documents Ballard said, "Tell them to go get seven gas cans and splash gas everywhere and set it on fire." Tetley says he heard Ballard say, "They need to burn his Jeep too."

Police then interviewed Ballard. Ballard said he shot Azmitia-Hernandez at his home at 5203 Woodland Oaks Court and then attempted to get rid of the body. Ballard said he talked to Wilson and Wilson hired three men to burn the house. Ballard said that he and Wilson paid three men $1,000 and gave them an AK-47.

Police asked Ballard why he set the vehicle on fire. Ballard replied that he was "paranoid and just wanted them to get rid of everything."

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