Retired district judge, wife found dead in Williamson County home; son admitted to shooting, deputies say

Victims were identified as Alfred “Burt’ Carnes and Susan H. Carnes

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas – A retired district judge in Williamson County and his wife were killed at their Georgetown-area home late Monday night, and their son is the suspect, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office said Alfred “Burt” Carnes and Susan H. Carnes, both 74, were found dead from gunshot wounds at the home in the 300 block of County Road 317.

A person called 911 at approximately 11:45 p.m. to report the shooting. Deputies arrived at the scene and found the Carnes’ son, 45-year-old Seth B. Carnes, exiting the home.

“Seth Carnes confessed to the deputies that he had just shot and killed his mother and father,” WCSO said in a news release.

Deputies said they believe a disagreement led to the fatal shooting. Seth Carnes lived with his parents in a converted garage attached to the main home, according to an affidavit.

Seth Carnes was arrested on a capital murder charge and was booked in the Williamson County Jail, where he is being held without bond.

“This deeply distressing incident has sent shockwaves through our community, particularly considering Alfred ‘Burt’ Carnes’ esteemed position as a retired District Judge. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family affected by this heartbreaking event,” said John Foster, commander of WCSO’s Criminal Investigations Division.

WCSO and the District Attorney’s Office are investigating the shooting. No further information was released.

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