Bloody footprints led police to son accused of stabbing father to death in front yard

Background: The gated community in Travis County, Texas where police say Hayden Lerond murdered his father, James Lerond, on July 1, 2024. YouTube screengrab KVUE./Inset: Hayden Lerond booking photo Travis County Sherriff

Background: The gated community in Travis County, Texas, where police say Hayden Lerond murdered his father, James Lerond, on July 1, 2024 (KVUE/YouTube). Inset: Hayden Lerond (Travis County Sheriff’s Office).

It was like something out of a horror movie: After Hayden Lerond of Texas allegedly stabbed his father to death in such a vicious frenzy that he broke his 51-year-old dad’s ribs and left an 8-inch cut that punctured his jugular vein, police said they found the 22-year-old by following his bloody footprints.

In a statement from the Austin Police Department, officers said they responded a home on Windrift Way on July 1 after receiving multiple calls about a stabbing occurring just before 6 p.m. in the front yard of the Lerond home.

When emergency medical services showed up and police followed, officers said they spotted “footprints leading to the garage of the home and ultimately into the living room.” Austin ABC affiliate KVUE, citing an arrest affidavit, reported that the trail of blood footprints lead away from the body to the home.

“When officers entered to check welfare, they located another male, later identified as Hayden Lerond, lying on the floor with blood on his knees,” police said.

After he allegedly refused questioning, investigators determined the 22-year-old was to be detained and charged with first-degree murder.

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