AUSTIN (KXAN) - Austin police charged a 56-year-old man with murder after they say he killed Rickey Martinez.
Bruce Thompson is currently in custody at the Travis County Jail on $500,000 bail after Martinez died on Wednesday from injuries he sustained earlier in the week.
Police said Thompson was looking for someone to rob when he spotted Martinez sitting on a bench at the Austin Garden Apartments at 7401 N. Lamar Boulevard. Officers then stated Thompson beat Martinez to death with a piece of wood.
Surveillance cameras caught the entire attack.
Martinez, 61, was transported to the hospital on Monday after police received a call, originally titled as an accidental injury.
Upon arrival at University Medical Center Brackenridge, it was determined Martinez sustained trauma inconsistent with an accidental injury. The case was then reclassified as an aggravated assault.
Martinez passed away on Wednesday and an autopsy performed by the Travis County Medical Examiner ruled his death a homicide.
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