Affidavit: Man charged in wife’s murder was previously accused of strangling her


A man who was arrested Friday for his wife’s murder had been previously reported to police for trying to strangle her, an arrest affidavit filed in Travis County district court says.

Jose Israel Amaya, 39, was detained by SWAT officers at a residence in the 5400 block of La Loma Lane in eastern Travis County on Thursday, officials said. 

When officers entered the home, they found 54-year-old Patricia Campos dead, police said. An autopsy determined the manner of death as homicide.

Austin police said they received a tip Thursday from a man that said Amaya had confessed to him that he had strangled his wife. 

Police contacted the wife’s employer and learned she had not shown up to work for two days, officials said. They sent officers and a SWAT team to the couple’s residence, where Amaya surrendered to police, authorities said.

Amaya was booked into the Travis County Jail on Friday, where he is being held in lieu of bail set at $750,000, records show.

An affidavit says that police had previously been called to the couple’s residence in December after Campos reported that her husband had tried to strangle her during an argument.

When Campos met with a victim services counselor, she said that Amaya had assaulted her once before, both times threatening to kill her and himself, the document says. 

After the latest incident, Campos had declined to file criminal charges, the affidavit says.


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