BRAZORIA — Investigators do not know what led to the death of a Las Playas subdivision resident, but believe the man died at the hands of his own brother, they said Tuesday.
Anthony “Tony” Baxter, 48, is charged with murder in the shooting death of his 45-year-old brother, Robin “Skip” Baxter, in a driveway in the 4000 block of Rio Drive, Brazoria County Sheriff’s officials said. Deputies arrested the elder Baxter in the parking lot of CHI St. Luke’s Health Brazosport Hospital in Lake Jackson, where he took his wounded brother after the shooting, a sheriff’s office news release states.
He remained in the Brazoria County jail Tuesday evening in lieu of $200,000 bond.
Deputies en route to the reported shooting at 5:06 p.m. Monday saw Baxter’s gray-green SUV heading east on FM 2005 and followed it to the hospital, according to a sheriff’s office news release. Medics immediately began treatment of the wounded man but couldn’t save Skip Baxter, who doctors pronounced dead at the hospital, the release states.
While neighbors never saw Tony Baxter be violent, they did see him get aggressive on more than one occasion, said Luke Luckenbach, owner of Luckenbach Deer Processing down the street.
“He’s never done me wrong,” Luckenbach said. “I’ve taken him deer meat and he’s brought me veggies.”
Tony Baxter has a court date scheduled for Feb. 25 on charges of public intoxication and resisting arrest from a July incident.
None of the neighbors willing to be interviewed Tuesday afternoon could remember talking with Robin “Skip” Baxter. Though everyone said they saw him around more than once, some of them didn’t even realize the two Baxters were related.
During the investigation Monday evening, two sheriff’s patrol cars and one crime scene unit blocked the emergency room entrance where the suspect parked his SUV and investigators photographed the scene. Residents near the subdivision reported deputies blocking an area in the Las Playas subdivision with yellow crime scene tape.
A murder conviction is punishable by up to 99 years in prison.