Children provide key information in murder of Kyle woman

James Keen was charged with murder on March 26 (Photo_ Hays County Sheriff's Office)_263147

KYLE, Texas (KXAN) — Officers arrived to a bloody scene outside of a Kyle residence March 26. The woman was reportedly lying in a pool of blood in front of her children after allegedly being shot by her boyfriend, James Keen, when officers arrived.

The woman identified as Erin Wright was reported dead in the drive way of the house on the 160 block of Grant Way in Kyle. Officers received a call of a woman bleeding outside a home at 7:54 p.m. The 911 caller told arriving officers there was a man yelling inside the house.

“Daddy was telling mommy to get out of the house and mommy started throwing stuff at daddy, and daddy went to his room and got his gun.”

The caller and her husband were waiting for police outside the residence with Wright and Keen’s three children. One of the 10-year-olds is the child of Keen, and one was the child of Wright from previous marriages. Wright and Keen are the parents of the third child.

Officers stated in the affidavit that 39-year-old Wright was found outside the house. There was a trail of blood leading from the walkway to the front door evident to responding police.

49-year-old Keen left the house when officers arrived, seemingly agitated, and breathing quickly, according to the affidavit. He handed officers a phone stating “talk to my grandfather.” In the affidavit, police said the family member told them Keen called to say Wright wouldn’t leave their house so he shot her. When Keen walked toward Wright officers placed him in handcuffs to secure the scene.

At 7:58 p.m. when paramedics arrived they reported Wright having a pulse. Soon after she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The children told EMS they witnessed their “mommy and daddy were arguing.” They then told paramedics “Daddy was telling mommy to get out of the house and mommy started throwing stuff at daddy, and daddy went to his room and got his gun.”

Keen told officers in the affidavit, he had asked Wright to leave during an argument. When she refused he reportedly locked her outside. According to Keen, Wright started kicking the front door and throwing things. Feeling threatened Keen told police he brought out his gun. Keen refused any further police questioning.

Keen is being held on a $250,000 bond at the Hays County Jail.

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