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Man charged with murder in stabbing death of wife

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Austin Police have arrested 40-year-old Jesus Juan Tamez for murder in the death of his wife, 47-year-old Elizabeth Garcia Tamez. Just before 8:00 p.m. Saturday night, police got a call from a man saying his wife was dying. They responded to the home in the 6100 block of Boxcar Run in South Austin.

"Once officers got there, they entered the residence and observed the deceased female with obvious trauma lying on the ground," APD Sgt. Jerry Bauzon told FOX 7 Tuesday.

Jesus was inside the home, but collapsed and was unresponsive. He was taken to a hospital where according to court paperwork a doctor described Jesus as being in an "unresponsive catatonic state." Investigators say Jesus had blood on his clothes. Inside the home they found a blood-stained blunt object and a sharp-edged weapon with blood on it. According to the medical examiner who performed an autopsy on Tamez, she died from blunt force trauma and stab wounds. Her death was ruled a homicide.

According to police, they have responded to the home before. In 2012, Elizabeth said her husband pointed a gun at her. She filed a protective order which expired a couple months later. Police say the couple has a 10-year-old son who was not home at the time of her death.

Outside the home, a makeshift memorial was left for Elizabeth Tuesday. Neighbor Ricardo Pedraza has known the couple for four years. He says, "It's really difficult. It's a total holiday tragedy for this community."

He is shocked this happened and that his friend, Elizabeth, is gone. "The sweetest person you would ever meet. (She was) totally devoted to her son and would not hurt anybody."

Jesus Tamez has been charged with murder and is being held on a $1-million bond.

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