Man stabbed earlier this month dies from his injuries

Stabbing on Smith Oak Trail in Southwest Austin. (KXAN Photo/Ed Zavala)
Stabbing on Smith Oak Trail in Southwest Austin. (KXAN Photo/Ed Zavala)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin man who was stabbed during a domestic violence issue a few weeks ago died from his injuries Saturday, according to the Travis County Medical Examiner.

Dena Trybendis told KXAN News that her son, Brandon Trybendis, 17, was only trying to protect her when he stabbed her ex-boyfriend, Felipe Acosta III, Friday, Oct. 14 at their home in the 6100 block of Smith Oak Trail in southwest Austin.

“[My ex-boyfriend] had grabbed a shotgun and threatened to kill us,” explained Dena. “He wouldn’t let us leave.” An argument ensued. “I feared for our lives. [Acosta] turned his rage on my 17-year-old son, Brandon.”

Brandon Martin Trybendis, 17, is charged with Aggravated Assault (Family Violence)
Brandon Martin Trybendis, 17, is charged with Aggravated Assault-Family Violence (APD Photo)

Court documents state that Acosta was intoxicated and retrieved a shotgun and the couple began to physically struggle over possession of the weapon. That’s when Dena says her teenage son came to her aid, attempting to retrieve the gun from the man.

During the struggle, Dena told police Felipe grabbed her and her son by the neck and ‘choked’ them to the point that they could not breathe, continued in the affidavit. When Dena was trying to leave, she said Acosta attacked her. Shortly after that, Dena said she saw her son “strike him [Acosta] on the back several times,” according to court documents.

Brandon is currently charged with aggravated assault family violence. As of Monday, Brandon’s attorney, James Sustaita, says no new charges have been filed against his client.

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