Travis County deputies, APD investigate suspicious death



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Posted on October 29, 2010 at 8:43 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 2:00 PM

Austin Police and Travis County deputies are investigating a suspicious death in East Austin.

The investigation began around 5:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon at a house on the 1800 block of J.J. Seabrook Drive near MLK Boulevard.
Austin police say they came to the house, assisting TCSO in an investigation. When officers and deputies arrived they described seeing something suspicious inside the home. Officers tied police tape around the property and put a request out for a search warrant.
A judge signed off on a warrant Friday morning. Neighbors watched as one patrol car after another pulled up. Officers tied a blue tarp around the front entrance to keep others from seeing inside as they searched through the home.
“All of a sudden more cop cars came and uh they started tagging up the place and we noticed it was something serious and somebody got hurt,” said neighbor Ernest Browning.
Browning says the owner of the house is his best friend, Howell Davis. Police say Davis was not the only person living in the home.
“He was renting it,” Browning confirmed, “He wanted to keep violence away, keep; find the right kind of people to stay there to help them out like the homeless. He'd interview them and everything.”
Browning says Davis worried about crime his guests may bring into the house so he made the signs and posted them in the front yard. They read "no criminal activity” and "no violence."
Browning said Davis has not been home recently. He’s been sick and in the hospital.

Police have not said who the victim is, they are waiting on reports from homicide detectives. The Travis County Sheriff’s Office is also not releasing details, including what deputies initially came to the house to investigate.