A young woman from Kingwood and her boyfriend were killed in San Marcos when Houston resident Daniel Brewster Stillwell, 23, allegedly shot both Hailey Nicholls and Jesse Robledo before driving off of a cliff, killing himself.
The murder of 22-year-old Nicholls from Kingwood and 27-year-old Robledo from San Antonio happened in San Marcos Thursday Oct. 17.
According to the Observers’ news partner KTRK ABC-13, the two were confronted at their apartment by Nicholls’ ex-boyfriend, 23- year-old Stillwell of Houston.
Police say Stillwell showed up there with a gun.
According to police, both Nicholls and Robledo were found shot in the head.
“The breakup between the ex-boyfriend and girlfriend — between Stillwell and Nicholls — was, to my understanding, very recent. It’s about the best I can tell you for sure. But yeah, it’s going to be a recent breakup issue,” San Marcos Police Chief Howard Williams said in an interview with KTRK ABC-13.
For hours, police looked for Stillwell. According to police, he called his roommate and said he hurt his girlfriend. Before police could catch him, he drove his car off cliff in an area of Comal County known as Devil’s Backbone.
Daniel Brewster Stillwell, a 23-year-old student in San Marcos, Texas, murdered his ex-girlfriend and her new lover in a jealous rage before taking his own life in dramatic fashion, vowing to drive his car off a cliff.
After police discovered the bodies of Hailey Nicholls, a 22-year-old fashion student, and Jesse Robledo, 26, in her apartment at 1 a.m. Thursday, a manhunt was launched for Stillwell. It ended at the Devil’s Backbone ridge, where Stillwell’s car was found wrecked and he was found dead — either from injuries suffered in the crash or a self-inflicted gunshot wound, reports The Statesmen.
The pair were found shot to death inside Nicholls’ bedroom around 12:38 a.m. after officers responded to a domestic disturbance call at the Executive Townhomes in the 300 block of Craddock Avenue.
Stillwell fled in a vehicle and was on the run for much of the day Thursday. His car was found at the bottom of a cliff at the Devil’s Backbone, an area in the rural Texas Hill Country, around 1 p.m.