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Austin police arrest man accused of killing roommate

The investigation revealed the victim was severely beaten and died as a result of his injuries.

AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: The above video was published on Aug. 2, prior to Cristo Jesus Rodriguez's arrest.

The Austin Police Department has arrested a man accused of beating his roommate to death.

Officials arrested 24-year-old Cristo Jesus Rodriguez on Tuesday on a warrant for first-degree murder. 

On Monday, Aug. 1, at around 11 p.m., police responded to a call of a disturbance in the 8500 block of Bradford Drive. The caller said Rodriguez hit his roommate and then left in a white Chevrolet Suburban.

Officers arrived at the scene to find Rodriguez's roommate, George Kenneth Emery, lying on the ground unresponsive. Police said Emery had been badly beaten and had suffered significant injuries to his head, hands and arms. He died at the scene.

Police said the roommates had a dispute that escalated into Rodriguez severely beating Emery.

Anyone with information or video related to this incident should call APD Homicide at 512-974-TIPS, the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 512-472-8477 (TIPS), use the Crime Stoppers app or email APD Homicide at homicide.apd@austintexas.gov. You may remain anonymous. 

This is being investigated as Austin's 44th homicide of 2022.

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