Cellphone data helps lead police to east Austin murder suspect

Suspects in the murder of Kenneth Johnson. (Left) Maurice Andre Taylor. (Middle) Dequincy Lewis Fields, (Right) Andre Pelon Jackson

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man accused of shooting and killing 19-year-old Kenneth K. Johnson, Jr. is in custody facing a murder charge. Andre Pelon Jackson, 34, is being held in the Travis County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

Police were able to track cellphone data and antennas to identify Jackson as the murder suspect, according to an arrest affidavit.

Johnson was found dead on Nov. 6 on the side of the road in the 7400 block of Geneva Drive in East Austin. Surveillance video given to police by nearby neighbors showed a sedan driving down the road around 10:47 p.m.

Kenneth K. Johnson, Jr. (Texas Department of Public Safety photo)
Kenneth K. Johnson, Jr. (Texas Department of Public Safety photo)

In a police interview with people who were close to Johnson, it was revealed that he had recently said he was going to “handle some business” with a man named ‘Prophecy.’

Police searched the ALIAS database for the name ‘Prophecy;’ a photo of Jackson came up. A person close to Johnson identified Jackson as the man they were hanging out with before he was killed.

The person told police they had met at a Studio 6 motel on Nov. 5. After Johnson was murdered, police searched the motel room and found a backpack belonging to the murder victim and two cellphones. One of the phones belonged to the victim and police discovered the other phone was registered to Jackson. The affidavit states police were able to search Facebook with the cellphone number pulling up Jackson’s name with ‘Prophecy’ written below.

Surveillance video from the Studio 6 on the night of Johnson’s murder showed a man that appeared to be the victim get into the car with two other people around 10:33 p.m. The time stamp was less than 30 minutes before Johnson’s body was found.

Utilizing cellphone antenna data, police were able to track their cellphone signals to the area and time frame that Johnson was killed.

Two other men have been charged in the murder:

  • Dequincy Lewis Fields, 27, facing murder charges, held on a $100,000 bond
  • Maurice Andre Taylor, 33, facing murder charges, $100,000 bond

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