Man charged after fight turns deadly

Terry Lee Penn

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man has been charged with aggravated assault after police say he tackled another man and punching him three times in the face. Floyd William Cox, 49, was found dead several days later in a homeless camp near FM 1825 and Wells Branch Parkway, and his death was ruled a homicide.

Police first responded to the camp Sept. 16 and found Terry Lee Penn, 50, with blood on his hands, nose and upper lip, the arrest affidavit said. Penn reportedly had a history of getting “heavily intoxicated” and fighting with other transients, the document added. Officers later found Cox with severe swelling to his face, adding that his right eye was almost swollen shut and his ear was cut and bleeding.

The fight started when Penn approached Cox’s common-law wife and threatened to rape and kill her, the affidavit said. When Penn grabbed her hair, she hit hit him in the face. Cox stepped in to help the woman, hitting Penn in the face once, before Penn knocked him to the ground and hit him several times, the affidavit said.

Cox was taken to the North Austin Medical Center before being transferred to St. David’s Round Rock for further evaluation of a hematoma, but was released from the hospital two days later. Cox was found dead in the park Sept. 24.

An autopsy and further observations of CT scans confirmed Cox died as a result of blunt force injury to the head, according to the medical examiner.

Penn is being held in the Travis County Jail on $112,000 bond.

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