Man gets life sen­tence for fa­tally stab­bing house­mate

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - By Ryan Au­tullo rautullo@states­man.com

A day af­ter con­vict­ing him of mur­der in a deadly 2015 stab­bing at­tack near Pflugerville, a Travis County jury sen­tenced Christo­pher Har­ris to life in prison on Fri­day.

Pros­e­cu­tors pre­sented ev­i­dence in the week­long trial that showed Har­ris, 30, killed his house­mate, By­ron Rober­son, and in­jured two other men, in­clud­ing Rober­son’s adult son.

The two sur­viv­ing vic­tims took the wit­ness stand and iden­ti­fied Har­ris as the at­tacker.

“Jus­tice was served,” prose­cu­tor Les­lie Booker said. “The dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice greatly ap­pre­ci­ates the jury for serv­ing jus­tice on be­half of the vic­tims by sen­tenc­ing the de­fen­dant to life.”

In­ves­ti­ga­tors say Har­ris stabbed Rober­son 24 times, first in­side the home on End­less Shore Lane in North­east­ern Travis County and then in a neigh­bor’s front yard. Four hours later he re­turned to the crime scene cov­ered in blood and wear­ing noth­ing but his un­der­wear and socks, the af­fi­davit said. He had stab wounds to his hands and his thigh.

His re­sponse, ac­cord­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tors, when ques­tioned about his in­juries was “By­ron, Di­a­mond.”

Pros­e­cu­tors did not present a mo­tive for the mur­der, but sur­viv­ing vic­tim Di­a­mond Rober­son said he thinks his dad might have been get­ting ready to evict Har­ris.

Di­a­mond Rober­son and his friend Re­shard Rogers both tes­ti­fied that they were in an up­stairs bed­room play­ing video games on the evening of Aug. 7, 2015 when Har­ris en­tered and said a for­mer house­mate, Brian, was at the front door. Rober­son said he went down­stairs but dis­cov­ered no one at the front door or the back door. Rober­son said Har­ris then sneaked up be­hind him and stabbed him in the neck.

Rober­son said he fell face down in the kitchen and then fol­lowed Har­ris up the stairs be­fore col­laps­ing.

Har­ris tes­ti­fied that he was ac­tu­ally a vic­tim and that the real at­tacker was a man who re­sem­bled him, with dread­locks.

Mul­ti­ple peo­ple tes­ti­fied that By­ron Rober­son, 44, was friendly to ev­ery­one and rented out space in his four-bed­room home to peo­ple who were down on luck and try­ing to get their life back in or­der.

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