An Austin man is behind bars Tuesday, charged with the murder of his mother-in-law. The woman was found dead in her bathroom last week. This is the ninth murder for the city of Austin.
Residents in this neighborhood were surprised to see a man handcuffed and let go, only to find out later he was arrested for murder.
Picture after picture, a neighbor took as many as she could not knowing what was going on across the street. She spoke with us but wanted to remain anonymous.
"Apparently the grandmother was deceased and a possible suspect was let loose," said a neighbor.
It was Thursday morning when officers were called out to 12805 Staton Drive on a welfare check. On arrival, they found a four-year-old and six-year-old inside the home. Their father, Miles McCartney, reportedly outside was trying to leave. Neighbors say they could hear the commotion.
"The individual that was handcuffed became apparently belligerent and agitated, started yelling and screaming, rolling on the ground," said a neighbor.
EMS was called to the scene and cleared McCartney; police also let him go. During that time the mother of the children, Amanda Felter, arrived at the home. She discovered her mother, Shirley Felter, dead inside the bathroom, the only place officer's didn't check.
"There was no reason to go into the bathroom. They believed that the check welfare call had to do with Miles McCartney trying to leave and leaving his two children there," said Sgt. Jerry Bauzon, APD Homicide Unit. Police say they let McCartney go before the body was discovered, but the situation had residents on Staton Drive on edge.
"What I was thinking, is that there was somebody out there that had the ability to do this and possibly the ability to do it again," said a neighbor.
It was on Monday when officers received a tip from a man who knew McCartney. According to court records, the suspect confessed to killing his mother-in-law after getting into an argument.
Later that night, an arrest warrant was issued for McCartney and a bond was set for $500,000.
Tuesday morning he was taken into custody.
We spoke with police and they say neighbors helped with the investigation.