Man arrested for stabbing his father to death in South Austin: APD

A man was arrested for stabbing his father to death in South Austin, the Austin Police Department said.

Police said on Monday, July 1, around 5:39 p.m., officers responded to multiple calls of a stabbing in the front yard of a home at 6715 Windrift Way.

"The caller indicated that someone had penetrating trauma and needed medical assistance and police assistance," says Austin Police Department Sgt. Lee Knouse.

When first responders arrived, they found a victim, later identified as James Lerond, lying in the street. They then began life-saving measures.

James Lerond later died from his injuries.

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Officers found footprints leading to the garage of the home, then into the living room. When officers entered the home, they found 22-year-old Hayden Lerond lying on the floor with blood on his knees.

Hayden had minor injuries and was taken to the hospital to be evaluated. 

The investigation showed that Hayden Lerond stabbed his father, James Lerond, causing his death. 

"We do not feel that this is a random act of violence," says Sgt. Lee Knouse.

Hayden Lerond was booked into the Travis County Jail for first-degree murder.

Detectives have not yet released a motive.

"Due to the early stages of the investigation, there is very little I can provide, and we appreciate your patience and understanding on that," says Sgt. Lee Knouse.  

Hayden currently has a bond set at $200,000.

Anyone with any information should contact the Austin Police Department at 512-974-TIPS. You may submit your tip anonymously through the Capital Area Crime Stoppers Program by visiting or by calling 512-472-8477. A reward up to $1,000 may be available for any information that leads to an arrest. This case is being investigated as Austin's 30th homicide of 2024.