AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man has been charged with murder in connection with the homicide of Carlos Swist in East Austin.
On Tuesday, March 1, at around 7 a.m., Austin police officers were dispatched to a single vehicle traffic crash in the 4600 block of Springdale Rd. When officers arrived on scene, they found a white van engulfed in flames with a single occupant, later identified as 43-year-old Swist.
During the investigation, evidence was discovered from the van and the victim to suggest that Swist was shot, causing the crash. The death was ruled a homicide on March 2.
According to an arrest affidavit, Swist’s girlfriend said before he was found dead, Swist called her that morning to tell her about an altercation he had with a man at the corner store. Officer interviewed the clerk who said he remembered Swist and an unknown man were arguing over money that had fallen on the floor. According to the clerk, the altercation appeared to only be verbal but Swist was in no way the aggressor, continued in the court documents. The clerk did tell police both men were regular customers at the store and that the possible suspect was involved in a terroristic threat case at the store lsat year.
Surveillance video from the convenience store shows the vehicle that the other man got into that morning. Surveillance video from other businesses along Swist’s route showed the same vehicle following Swist’s car.
By piecing together the surveillance video and information for the convenience store, police arrested Dedric Darnell Dixon, 44 and charged him with murder.
Last month, family members said while Swist made some mistakes in his past, he was turning his life around. They said he deeply loved his 4-year-old daughter. In 2005, he pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to five years in prison, he was also convicted of aggravated kidnapping in 2010.
“He didn’t deserve that and no one really knows what all went on,” said Clyneisha Reed, one of Swist’s cousins. “And we’re hearing different things, and we don’t really know what to believe.”
Swist worked for an Austin florist, and was driving a company car at the time of the crash.