Man arrested, charged with multiple murder counts in the 2016 deaths of visiting friends


AUSTIN (KXAN) — On Monday, the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force arrested a man recently charged charged with multiple murder counts in the 2016 deaths of two friends.

Last week, a Travis County grand jury moved to charge Harvey Lester Cyphers, 53, in the murders of his friends Sidney Taylor and Krislyn Gibson, both of Houston. The two friends had been in Austin to attend the 2016 Urban Music Festival.

The U.S. Marshals say Cyphers, of Cedar Creek, was found in downtown Austin and was taken to the Travis County Jail where he’ll now await judicial proceedings. His bond was set at $1.5 million.

The 2016 indictment indicated that Cyphers knowingly concealed one of the corpses to hide it from police. Additionally, he was accused of using items like a bath mat and shower liner to hide a body.

Twelve days after the disappearance of Taylor and Gibson, according to court records, Cyphers was also caught with several guns — firearms which he was not supposed to have as a former felon. For this charge, he served two years and was released in February 2019.

The 2020 indictment doesn’t reference the charges of tampering with a corpse.

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