19-year-old Arrested In Austin Murder Of Lamer Graduates

July 26, 2009


Austin police arrested late Saturday 19-year-old James Richard “Ricky” Thompson on capital murder charges for the shooting deaths of Stacy Barnett, 22, and John Goosey, 21. Thompson is currently being  held in Travis County Jail, and was reportedly living in Lakeway, north of Austin.

Barnett and Goosey were both recent University of Texas graduates who grew up in West U. and attended Lamar High School. They were discovered shot to death in their apartment at 904 West 21st Street by friends Tuesday, July 21, after Barnett failed to show up at her parents West U. home as expected.

Austin police Wednesday said they suspected the couple knew the assailant, as there were no signs of forced entry into the apartment.

The Barnett and Goosey families have released a statement on the arrest – “We are relieved that a suspect in the murder of our children has been taken into custody. While we understand the public’s interest in this case, we are in the process of burying our children, so please respect our privacy.”

A joint funeral for the couple is scheduled or 10 a.m. Monday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 6802 Buffalo Speedway.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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