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Second suspect indicted in murders of choir teacher, elderly couple

The second suspect in the murders of a choir teacher and an elderly couple last year has been indicted on capital murder charges, according to Austin police.
Shawn Gant-Benalcazar (left) and Timothy Parlin.

AUSTIN -- The second suspect in the murders of a choir teacher and an elderly couple last year has been indicted on capital murder charges, according to Austin police.

A Travis County grand jury indicted Timothy Scott Parlin, 49, on five counts of capital murder in the deaths of Kathy Blair, Billie Shelton and Sidney Shelton.

Blair, 53, was found dead in her home Dec. 6. The Sheltons were found dead in their Brentwood home Dec. 15. The couple's caretaker arrived at their home, noticed the door was open and found them dead inside.

On March 26, Shawn Gant-Benalcazar was indicted for capital murder in Blair's death. Gant-Benalcazar was arrested Jan. 9 in Galveston, where he confessed to breaking in to Blair's home on Tamarack Trail, stealing her jewelry and stabbing her several times. Investigators said Parlin, who had previously performed landscaping work at the choir teacher's house, picked up Gant-Benalcazar from Blair's home after the murder.

State records show Parlin had been living with his brother in a house just one mile from the Sheltons' home since 2007. The Travis County grand jury also indicted him on a burglary charge for a Nov. 30 break-in on Fentonridge Drive.

Parlin's five charges include three counts of capital murder in commission of burglary, one count of serial capital murder and one count of multiple capital murders. A Travis County assistant district attorney told KVUE the counts do not overlap, and Parlin will go to trial on all five counts.

Travis County Jail records show both suspects are in custody.

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