Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Musician killed in botched burglary
Homeowner killed, intruder shot Monday morning
* Chris Sadeghi and * Erin Cargile
Updated: Monday, 27 Dec 2010, 8:48 PM EST
Published : Monday, 27 Dec 2010, 3:48 PM EST

AUSTIN (KXAN) - Local drummer Bill Maddox, who once played with guitarist Eric Johnson, was killed in his home during a burglary in Southwest Travis County on Monday morning.

Two men were shot and one killed during a home burglary in southwest Travis County early Monday, according to the Travis County Sheriff's Office. According to the most recent details released by the Sheriff's Department, the intruder attempted to break into the house. Both Maddox and his wife were home at the time. During a struggle between Maddox and the intruder, both were shot.

Maddox, 54, was pronounced dead at the scene. Details of an autopsy were being withheld by the Sheriff's Department.

The surviving victim, John DeBrecht, was taken by StarFlight to University Medical Center Brackenridge with injuries, authorities said. The condition of Debrecht, 63, was critical.

Maddox and Johnson were members of the Electromagnets, a popular jazz-rock fusion band that debuted at the Nickel Keg in San Marcos. According to a website on the band , Electromagnets was influenced by Weather Report and Chick Corea. Most of their material was instrumental.

Maddox went on to play with various bands, including reunions of the 'Magnets, in the Austin area. He also played with Johnson in Alien Love Child during the 1990s.

Travis County Spokesman Roger Wade said the homeowner called 911 and said the home was being burglarized around 7:30 a.m.

The shooting and alleged burglary happened in the 9200 block of Rock Way Drive. It is in a rural neighborhood off Highway 290 in between Oak Hill and Dripping Springs.

Neighbors said the homeowner is a familiar face.

"He’s a really nice guy," said Nathan Hille who lives a couple of houses down from the house on Rock Way Drive. "He walks around here all the time. He's always smiling and waving at us when we drive by."

Crime tape is strung across the gravel driveway. At noon, detectives were still inside the home.

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