Arrest made in 2004 murder of Abilene man, 2nd suspect killed in jail

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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – An arrest has been made in the 2004 murder of an Abilene man whose throat was cut two times. 

Kenneth Pounds, 54, is in custody awaiting extradition to Taylor County for the murder of Garrett McMahan. A second suspect, Raymond Hirsch, died as the result of a jail fight before the case was solved. 

Court documents state officers found McMahan’s body when they went to investigate reports of a strong smell coming from an Abilene apartment in October of 2004.

When they went inside, the documents state they found McMahan with his throat slit twice, and evidence at the scene, including DNA on a knife found near the body, turned the investigation toward Hirsch and Pounds. 

Detectives learned Hirsch and Pounds visited McMahan’s apartment to either buy or use drugs multiple times, and after the murder, both suspects left town together, according to the documents.

A witness confirmed they left after the murder and the documents state she told police they would go from town to town, never staying in one place for too long. 

The documents reveal this witness also told police she once overheard Hirsch and Pounds get into an argument with McMahan at his apartment over money. 

In the years following the murder, Hirsch and Pounds got arrested in Oklahoma City, sending Pounds back to Taylor County on a warrant and landing Hirsch in an Oklahoma City jail, where he was involved in a fight that left him a quadriplegic and later claimed his life.

A second witness came forward after she picked Pounds up from jail, and the documents state that during the ride home, he told her Hirsch cut McMahan with a razor during an argument about drugs but didn’t successfully kill him, so Pounds cut his neck to “put him out of his misery”. 

The documents state the witness was also able to describe what happened after the murder, claiming Pounds told her he and Hirsch went to Hirsch’s mother’s house, where she burned their bloody clothes. 

When asked about the murder, Hirsch’s mother told police “her son is now dead and he cannot hurt anyone else,” according to the documents.  

BigCountryHomepage will update this article when additional information on the McMahan murder is released. 

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