Man arrested, charged with capital murder in double homicide near Luling


LULING, Texas (KXAN) — The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 34-year-old man in connection to a double homicide near Luling.

CCSO arrested Bryan Haynes, 34, on charges of capital murder in the Tuesday shooting deaths of Klayton Manning and his 16-year-old cousin.

The arrest was made at a residence in Bastrop County Thursday with the assistance of the
Texas Rangers, U. S. Marshalls Service, Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office and Austin Police Department.

Haynes is being held in the Caldwell County Jail with a $500,000 bond. CCSO says Haynes is the only suspect in this case.

At 6:08 p.m. on Tuesday, deputies responded to the 4400 block of Tenney Creek Road near Tilmon for a call of two subjects “down.” When deputies arrived, they found two dead people, 18-year-old Klayton Manning and a male juvenile. A GoFundMe account identified the juvenile as Manning’s cousin.

Manning had just graduated from Luling High School, and Luling Independent School District superintendent Erin Warren said “the Luling ISD family is deeply saddened and Klayton will be greatly missed.”

Dear Luling Community,

It is with deep sorrow that I share the news of the death of Klayton Manning, a recent graduate of the Class of 2020. We extend our collective heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends. We would like to offer support during this difficult time. Counseling services will be available for all staff, students, and families as we begin to process this tragic news and cope with the grief. These services will be offered in-person, by phone, and virtually at the high school. Please call 830-875-2458.  The Luling ISD family is deeply saddened and Klayton will be greatly missed.

Erin Warren

The Southeast Caldwell County Volunteer Fire Department also confirmed that Manning was one of its volunteer firefighters.

A Polaris side-by-side utility vehicle was found on-scene, and the sheriff’s office said it appeared the two were driving the vehicle down the road when they encountered whoever shot them.

On Wednesday, the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office told KXAN it didn’t have any suspect information. The sheriff’s office says the young men could have come across one or multiple shooters on Tenney Creek Road.

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