- Katie Hall American-Statesman Staff
A 19-year-old man accused of going on a Christmas Day robbery rampage that left three injured has confessed to shooting and killing a woman he was trying to rob the next day, Austin police investigators said.
Xavier Lewis is accused of killing 30-year-old Ebony Michelle Sheppard, police said. He was arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with capital murder as well as five counts of aggravated robbery.
At the time of the Monday and Tuesday incidents, Lewis was wearing an GPS-tracking ankle monitor as a condition for posting bail related to a previous aggravated robbery charge, officials said. The ankle monitor puts him at the scene of the two aggravated robberies on Christmas Day as well as Sheppard’s shooting on Tuesday, Austin police Lt. Jason Staniszewski said.
Sheppard was found mortally wounded in the 6600 block of Ed Bluestein Boulevard around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, police have said.
The first robbery had four victims, two of whom were shot at Dottie Jordan Park off Loyola Lane, Staniszewski said. Later that day, police said, a man took a woman’s car in the 6600 block of Highpoint Drive, down the street from where Sheppard was found Tuesday. The robber also ran over a person who was not the car’s owner, Staniszewski said. That person is in serious condition.
If convicted of capital murder, Lewis could face either a sentence of life in prison or the death penalty.
Investigators don’t think that Lewis knew Sheppard, Staniszewski said.
“At this time, it appears … he just saw her walking and figured he would rob her and get some money,” Staniszewski said. “That’s when she started screaming, and he shot her.”
Sheppard was rushed to Dell Seton Medical Center, where she died about an hour after first responders found her, police have said.