Money Owed For Drugs Alleged Motive In Austin Murder
About $8,000 owed for marijuana was apparent motive for the murder of 21-year-old John Goosey and his girlfriend, 22-year-old Stacy Barnett, according to reports from the Austin Police Department. Austin police arrested late Saturday 19-year-old James Richard “Ricky” Thompson on capital murder charges.
Goosey allegedly told mutual friends that Thompson was coming over to pay him money he owed for marijuana, which police say Goosey had been dealing for about three years. Thomspon owed the money for drugs he received from Goosey to sell.
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. Apparently, the victims were both killed with a .22 pistol, one victim upstairs and one downstairs. Both victims’ cell phones were smashed, apparently by Thomas so police would not see calls made to Goosey earlier that morning.
According to police, Thompson, a South Austin resident, told friends while watching news reports of the murders that he was responsible.
A joint funeral for the couple is scheduled or 10 a.m. today at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 6802 Buffalo Speedway.