Murder suspects found in Corpus Christi

(Courtesy: Corpus Christi Police Department website)

Corpus Christi (KXAN) – The teens suspected a New Year’s Day murder in Canyon Lake were apprehended by Corpus Christi Police late Friday night.

According to the Corpus Christi Police Blotter, The Comal County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Corpus Christi Police Department to search the area of South Padre Island Drive and Paul Jones for Austin Myles Byrom, 19, and his fiancé, Skyler Katherine Burghart, 18.

They were accused of killing Byrom’s grandfather, James Carroll Spencer, 69, at his home in Canyon Lake. According to Comal County Sheriff’s deputies, the couple stole Spencer’s white Lexus sedan and fled.

Corpus Christi Police did find the Lexus and initiated a traffic stop but the car sped away. It was finally stopped and two men ran from the car. Police eventually caught and identified Marty Forehand, 35, and Daniel Smith, 18.

Upon a second search of the area, officers saw a Ford F-250 truck leave a hotel parking lot. Officers stopped the truck and Byrom and Burghart jumped out and ran. Another man and woman remained in the truck and were detained by police.

Police captured Burghart a short distance away. Officers used K9 units and a DPS helicopter to locate and Byrom, who was quickly caught.

The 19-year-old man, the 18-year-old woman, and the 9-month-old child who remained in the truck when Burghart and Byrom ran, were released with no criminal charges.

Investigators did not release any information about how Forehand and Smith, the two men found in the stolen car, were related to the case. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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