Suspect in double murder found dead

SMPD: Daniel Brewster Stillwell wanted in deaths of Hailey Nicholls, Jesse Robledo

Author: Cory Smith, Reporter,
Published On: Oct 17 2013 11:28:53 AM CDT   Updated On: Oct 17 2013 06:45:51 PM CDT
Daniel Brewster Stillwell

A man accused in a double murder in San Marcos Thursday morning was found dead in the Texas Hill Country.

Daniel Brewster Stillwell, 23, was wanted for capital murder in the deaths of Hailey Nicholls, 22, of Kingwood, Texas; and Jesse Robledo, 27, of San Antonio.

The pair (pictured below) 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.

According to the arrest affidavit, Stillwell used a brick to shatter a glass screen door and entered through the back Nicholl’s apartment.

“Mr. Robledo was still in bed. Miss Nicholls had gotten out of bed and she was lying on the floor next to the bed when they found her,” said San Marcos Police Chief Howard Williams.

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..

According to police Stillwell and Nicholls, both Texas State students, recently ended their relationship and Nicholls was now dating Robledo.

All three worked at the Chipotle restaurant in San Marcos.

Those who knew Stillwell said he was not overly distraught about the break-up and he told people he was happy to be single.

Texas State University is offering grief counseling to students.

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Jesse Robledo (L), Hailey Nicholls (R)