California man convicted of murdering his Austin girlfriend

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man visiting from California who was charged with stabbing and killing his girlfriend in Southwest Austin in November 2014 has been found guilty of murder.

On Nov. 1, 2014, police say Joseph Karr, 55, killed his girlfriend 43-year-old Kelly Turner after a night out on the town with friends. About an hour after getting back to the house, the friends say they heard Turner screaming. When they went to see what was wrong, they told police that Karr was holding a knife and said “I can’t believe I killed her.” At the time, a friend of Karr and Turner told KXAN the two were dating and and vising Austin to see their friends and to celebrate Halloween.

Karr tried to run, but authorities found him later that day in a field in Hays County with a self-inflicted gun shot wound.

Sentencing began Thursday and was recessed until Monday morning.

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