Bas­trop County home­owner stabs in­truder to death, of­fi­cials say

No charges pend­ing against Cedar Creek res­i­dent, 75

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Clau­dia Grisales

A 75-year-old man who found an in­truder in his Bas­trop County home fa­tally stabbed him with a steak knife, the Bas­trop County sher­iff’s of­fice said Tues­day.

Mar­ion Lee Hill, a long­time Cedar Creek res­i­dent and lo­cal busi­ness owner, came home Fri­day night to find a man, iden­ti­fied as 38-yearold Jonathon W. Jones, in his home, of­fi­cials said. A strug­gle en­sued in Hill’s liv­ing room and then moved to the kitchen, where Hill grabbed a steak knife and stabbed Jones in his left arm and chest, of­fi­cials said.

Hill’s friends and neigh­bors in the com­mu­nity of Cedar Creek, about 12 miles south­east of Austin-Bergstrom In­ter­na­tional Air­port, expressed

re­lief that Hill fought off the in­truder, and at least one was not sur­prised.

“He’s in pretty good shape,” said friend Dwight Hamil­ton, 61, who says Hill runs a lo­cal bar, the Stum­ble In, as well as a con­struc­tion busi­ness in the Cedar Creek area.

The sher­iff’s of­fice said Tues­day that it con­sid­ers the botched home in­va­sion an iso­lated case and said there are no charges pend­ing against Hill, who suf­fered sev­eral in­juries to his face. The sher­iff’s of­fice con­sid­ers Hill’s ac­tions self­de­fense but will con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate, said Sissy Jones, ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant to Sher­iff Terry Pick­er­ing.

Hill could not be reached at his busi­ness, and no one an­swered the door Tues­day at his home, at the end of a gravel drive­way in the 300 block of Lake View Drive. Neigh­bors said they were glad to hear it was an iso­lated in­ci­dent.

“It’s hard to be­lieve that a 75-year-old over­took a 38-year-old,” said Jasper Simp­son, 68, who has lived a few doors down from Hill for 35 years.

Simp­son said that al­though there have been

runs a bar and con­struc­tion busi­ness in Cedar Creek. drug prob­lems in the area in the past, it’s a rel­a­tively safe place to live.

The sher­iff’s of­fice said they re­ceived a re­port of a bur­glary at Hill’s res­i­dence at 11:16 p.m. Fri­day and learned while en route that the in­truder had pos­si­bly been stabbed, of­fi­cials said.

“Pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­di­cates that this was a home in­va­sion,” the sher­iff’s of­fice said in a state­ment. “Mr. Jones was in­side the home prior to Mr. Hill’s ar­rival. A strug­gle en­sued, re­sulted in the death of Mr. Jones. An au­topsy re­port re­vealed a fa­tal stab wound to the chest.”

Hamil­ton, who has known Hill for about 10 years, said his friend has hosted a lo­cal chili cook-off at the Stum­ble In, which is on Texas 21. And last year, Hill, also a chili con­nois­seur, won first place in pork ribs for the Cen­tral Texas Tol­bert Chili Group, said Hamil­ton, who co­founded the group.

“He’s a good guy,” Hamil­ton said.

Mar­ion Lee Hill

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