Arrest Made in Austin Juneteenth Beating Death

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUSTIN (AP) - A 20-year-old man has been arrested in the beating
death of a house painter who was killed when he tried to protect a
driver who had struck and injured a toddler.

Austin police say Kurtiss Colvin is charged with felony manslaughter, as well as felony theft and misdemeanor assault. He's being held in the Travis County Jail on $215,000 bond.

David Rivas Morales had just been dropped off at an East Austin apartment complex June 19th when the driver of the car struck a two-year-old boy.

Police say the driver got out of the car to check on the child and was attacked by several people.

Morales intervened and was attacked as well, causing fatal injuries.

Police Sergeant Hector Reveles says witnesses said Colvin hit Morales at least once and took his wallet after he was down.

More arrests are expected.

Police have minimized any connection between the beating and a nearby festival celebrating Juneteenth. A police spokeswoman said
she didn't know if Colvin had been at the celebration.

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