AUSTIN (KXAN) - Austin police Friday arrested a 22-year-old neighhor in last weekend's killing of Rosemary Lorraine Borges, 65, a woman who was legally blind and used a cane to walk.
Billy Ray Byers Jr. has been charged with murder, a first-degree felony. His bond was set at $2 million.
On Sunday, Oct. 16, Austin police officers responded to report of a deceased woman on the grounds of an apartment complex located at 2713 S. Congress Avenue.
The woman was later identified as Borges and had obvious signs of trauma to her body, according to police. She was found wearing only socks.
Borges lived a short distance away at an apartment complex located at 1718 Woodward Street.
At a late-afternoon news conference, police said Borges and Byers were both at party at the apartment complex where Rosemary lived on Oct. 15. Once Borges had left, Byers did too, police said.
Witnesses told police that Byers returned to party several hours later with blood on him. In an interview, police say Byers changed his account of what happened Saturday night. He was arrested Friday morning without incident, police said.
Although they have ideas about possible motive, police would not comment on motivation or the possiblity of sexual assault in the case.
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