AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man is in custody charged with murder after police say he shot and killed 43-year-old David Loera in North Austin on Friday. Family and friends of the victim tell KXAN News Loera lived as a woman and went by Monica.
In the minutes leading up to the shooting, police say Loera gave 29-year-old JonCasey Rowell directions to his home in the 300 block of East Powell Lane because he had “forgotten his jacket,” according to an arrest affidavit. Loera’s roommate told police the man kept knocking on the door and Loera said “he was going to get rid of him because he didn’t want to mess with him.” When the victim went to to open the door, the roommate said he heard a sound like a firecracker and Loera said, “he shot me.”
During the investigation, the roommate indicated to police Loera was a “prostitute from time to time” and sometimes would steal things from his clients, continued in the court documents. Through cellphone records, detectives determined the person Loera had contact with prior to the shooting was Rowell.
Rowell was arrested on Tuesday and is currently in the Travis County Jail; his bond is set at $250,000.