Boy pleads with stepdad for mom’s life during stabbing, affidavit says

Updated Feb 04, 2018
At the scene of Saturday night’s fatal stabbing in Hornsby Bend in eastern Travis County, neighbors have left balloons and candles at the front door of the home. Photo by Rachel Rice/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Robert Degollado Photo: Austin Community Newspapers Staff

A woman found stabbed to death in her home in eastern Travis County early Saturday has been identified by the Travis County sheriff’s office as 36-year-old Emily Martinez Villarreal.

Robert Degollado, 51, has been charged with murder and remained in the Travis County Jail on Sunday with bail set at $500,000.

According to an arrest affidavit, the stabbing occurred in a residence in the Hornsby Bend neighborhood, on the 4600 block of Sojourner Street, where Villarreal’s two young sons were also at home. One on the sons frantically called 911 around 1:45 a.m. to tell authorities that his stepfather was stabbing his mother, the affidavit says.

The boy at one point said, “Robert, I love you, please stop” just before the call disconnected, according to the affidavit.

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