Snapchat, phone data helps Pflugerville police arrest 2 suspects on murder charges

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PFUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — Arrest affidavits reveal two men are accused of setting up a meeting with a man on Snapchat and shooting him. Police used phone data to track them down.

Police didn’t mention a specific motive for the shooting in the arrest affidavit, but did say a witness shared a rumor that the victim may have owed someone money, and that the victim had told his girlfriend hours before his death that he was meeting with someone and “had a bad feeling about it.”

The U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force arrested two men on murder charges Wednesday after a 13-month investigation by the Pflugerville Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division

Antonio Fennell, 23, was arrested in Austin, and Zytrell Horton, 21, was arrested in Killeen, according to a release from the Pflugerville Police Department.

In May 2020, Pflugerville police responded to a call of gunshots at the Autumn Ranch on Swenson Farms apartment complex located at 413 Swenson Farms Boulevard, across from Timmerman Elementary School.

When officers arrived, they found 20-year-old Kristopher Muldrew shot in a breezeway of the apartments. Muldrew was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses told police they saw two men get out of a Nissan Altima and walk around the building. A short time later, they heard shots. Other witnesses also recalled seeing the car speeding away from the complex.

Police say the victim was known to sell marijuana in the area and that they found bags of it near the scene. According to the affidavit, the victim sent a Snapchat message to someone letting them know where he was, and had received a call through the app from that person shortly before the shooting.

The Snapchat account it came from was deleted shortly after the shooting, but police traced it to Fennell. Another witness told police he had seen Fennell and Muldrew together right before the shooting and police used geofencing to show Fennell and Horton had been in the area and left right around the time of the shooting.

Fennell and Zytrell are both listed as being in custody in the Travis County Jail as of Thursday morning. Neither has an attorney listed.

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