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Austin Man Charged With Killing Mother-In-Law

Updated: Tuesday, June 24 2014, 09:44 PM CDT

It's inside a North Austin home last Thursday where investigators say 38-year old Miles McCartney killed 57-year old Shirley Felter.

A woman who came to the home at 12805 of Staton Drive to pick up the suspect called the Austin Police Department to request a welfare check.

She worried he intended to leave his four and six-year-old daughters alone in the house.

According to the arrest affidavit, McCartney's nervousness and desire to leave quickly also spurred her request for police officers.

Sgt. Jerry Bauzon with APD said, "Once they got there they made contact with a couple of people and they determined that there were two children left inside the residence, they cleared the house, they checked it and made sure everyone was okay."

But they didn't check a locked bathroom.

Officers also say McCartney began acting "strange, yelling and throwing himself on the ground."

EMS responded, checked McCartney and released him.

But it wasn't until his girlfriend Amanda Felter came home that Shirley Felter's body was found.

"She went directly to the bathroom where she discovered Shirley Felter deceased inside the bathroom,” says Sgt. Bauzon.

According to the arrest affidavit, days later a man came forward and gave a statement that Miles told him that he killed his mother-in-law after they got into an argument.

Police arrested Miles McCartney Tuesday morning.

(Photos from the Austin Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety.)

By Lydia Pantazes

Austin Man Charged With Killing Mother-In-Law


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