Northwest Austin man charged with murder after early morning shooting


by JIM BERGAMO / KVUE News and Photojournalist Michael Moore

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Posted on February 3, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 7 at 11:29 AM

AUSTIN -- A Northwest Austin homeowner is facing murder charges in the death of a young Texas State student.

Fred Yazdi, 47, was in the Williamson County jail Friday on murder charges after an early morning shooting killed 23-year-old Enrique Recio III.

The shooting occurred in Northwest Austin at Yazdi's home on the corner of Staked Plains Drive and Avery Ranch Boulevard.  Officers say witnesses called 911 after they saw Recio crashed his car along Avery Ranch and walk away. 

Recio's family says he was calling a friend on a cell phone to pick him up, and that a flat tire may have caused the accident. They say by the time the friend got there, he saw police on the scene and Recio had been shot. Police say Recio entered the front yard of Yazdi's property, but they don't know why. Neighbors say they heard at least three shots.

"From what I heard there was a car accident," said Amy Heil, who lives in Avery Ranch.  "Maybe he was going to the house for help, and he shot him.  If he was just looking for help, it is just kind of scary."
"I was not surprised actually," said Liz Hudson, who used to live next door to Yazdi.  "It was just a matter of time. We looked out the window one day, and he was walking down the driveway with a shotgun."

Hudson says Yazdi told her it was his property and he would shoot to protect it.

"He said he wouldn't hesitate (to shoot) if somebody was on his property, she said."

Recio's family told KVUE no one from the Austin Police Department came to their home until almost 13 hours after the shooting.  That is when a representative from victim's services arrived.  They also say he was a straight-A student at Texas State.