Suspect in custody after deadly stabbing at East Austin group home

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A 56-year-old man was found stabbed to death inside an East Austin group home early Tuesday. Police found the man about 1:20 a.m., with wounds to his abdomen, inside a home in the 1700 block of J.J. Seabrook Drive, near Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.

Witnesses at the home said two housemates were involved in a verbal argument before the stabbing. The suspect has been taken into custody and charges are pending.

The victim’s name will not be released until family members have been notified.

This was Austin’s 11th homicide of the year. If you have any information about this incident, call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588.

Group homes in Austin

The health department estimates there are dozens of privately-owned group homes around Austin. They are generally unregulated except for enforcement of existing city fire and health codes. Unlike Dallas and Houston, Austin has no zoning ordinances in place limiting the size or standards of group homes or their staff.

Some homes fall onto a list of state-approved homes for ex-convicts, others house people with mental illnesses or women with children who have fallen on hard times. In homes where medical or other ongoing care is provided to adults, the state lays out standards.

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