APD: Man charged with murder after wife’s death

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police have arrested Jaunya O. Touchstone and charged him with murder after the death of a woman in east Austin Saturday night.

Jaunya O. Touchstone. (Photo courtesy of Austin Police Department)

APD officers and homicide detectives responded to a disturbance in the 7500 block of Rio Pass near Ed Bluestein Boulevard and Old Manor Road at 8:55 p.m. Saturday.

Diamond Bridgeman died of “obvious blunt trauma,” according to APD.

An arrest affidavit said Touchstone and Bridgeman, husband and wife, had an argument outside their home. When they entered the home, Touchstone started to punch Bridgeman repeatedly.

According to the affidavit, Touchstone told his elderly mother, who called the police when she heard the two argue outside, that he just “beat the s— out” Bridgeman. He also told his mother, “if you call the cops, I’ll kill you.”

When Touchstone came out of the house after he said he was “going to finish the job,” the affidavit said, he saw his mother with a phone in her hand. Touchstone pushed his mother down and kicked her twice in the chest.

Touchstone is being held on $300,000 bond in Travis County Jail.

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