CALDWELL COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A man was arrested on a murder charge in connection to the death of an Austin man who was shot and killed while parked outside a home in the early morning hours of Oct. 11.
Adil Dghoughi, 31, was taken to a hospital with critical, life-threatening injuries but later died, the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office previously said.
Terry Duane Turner, 65, was taken into custody after turning himself in to authorities Friday. By Friday afternoon he had bonded out of Caldwell County Jail. KXAN is working to reach out to his attorney for comment and will update this story when we receive a response.
The shooting happened at 3:42 a.m. in the 100 block of Tina’s Trail in Martindale. The sheriff’s office reported a homeowner had “confronted a suspicious vehicle parked outside the residence.” According to an incident report, a gray 2016 four-door Audi was towed from the scene.
The incident report about the shooting obtained by KXAN Tuesday was heavily redacted, but did mention “murder.”
An affidavit KXAN obtained Friday shared more details about what led to the shooting. Turner told investigators he had woken up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night and on the way, realized a car he didn’t recognize was parked in his driveway next to his truck. Its headlights were off.
Turner told police he ran to get his gun from his room and when he came out the headlights were back on and the car “began to rapidly accelerate in reverse.” According to the affidavit, Turner chased it, hit the driver’s side window with his gun and then shot through it. He ran back inside to call 911, he told police.
Turner told the dispatcher “I just killed a guy” and “tried to pull a gun at me, I shot.”
Police did not find a gun inside the Audi.
Investigators found a single spent shell casing from the driver’s side of the Audi. They also found the gun inside the home, according to the affidavit.
Victim’s family concerned about how long it took to make an arrest
KXAN spoke to the family of Adil following the murder charge.
“I thought I was going to wake up again, and it was only going to be a dream,” said Othmane Dghoughi. “Why did it take them 10-days to make the arrest.”
Adil’s brother says he had no connection to Turner and they think Adil may have been lost while driving back from Austin from his girlfriend’s home in Maxwell.
The family’s attorney said Friday that he doesn’t believe the defense will be able to prove that Turner acted out of self defense in this case.
“In these instances, the police makes arrests and asks questions. It’s almost as if there was some type of belief that this was a stand your ground defense,” said Mehdi Cherkaoui. “What was going on in his mind, I frankly don’t know. Self defense requires an element of reasonable necessity.”
Earlier this week, KXAN spoke with Dghoughi’s family, who said they wanted to know why no one had been arrested. The sheriff’s office had remained tight-lipped about the investigation until Friday, when it sent a release about the arrest and said, “detectives have worked tirelessly on this case since the incident occurred.” It added detectives conducted multiple interviews and executed a number of different search warrants.
“There are 1000 ways the defendant could have handled the situation. One of which was to simply call the police department. Martindale is a small community. He could have called 911, a police officer would have been at his door in minutes,” said Cherkaoui.
Still, Cherkaoui called it “outrageous” that the suspect wasn’t arrested sooner.
“We just want him to have his day in court and have a fair and unbiased jury,” he added.
A family friend took a photo of the car Dghoughi was parked in outside of the home. Bullet holes can be seen on the driver-side window.
Deputies said the suspect has been cooperative and added in a release officials had reached out to Turner’s attorney, who told them he would turn himself in.
Court documents show Turner called 911 to report he’d killed someone. Investigators say they did not find a weapon on Adil.
A GoFundMe has been set up to pay for Dghoughi’s funeral expenses. A vigil calling for justice will be held in his honor Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Texas State Capitol.
As of Friday evening, Turned had bonded out of jail.