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AUSTIN EDITION - Man faces felony charges for shooting car

By Tim Ruzek

truzek@postbulletin.com

A 19-year-old man who allegedly shot a 9 mm bullet into a empty vehicle in June in southeast Austin faces several felony charges.

Coniah Emmerson Horton, 304 37th St. S.W., is charged with possession of stolen property, felon in possession of a pistol and dangerous weapons (drive-by shooting), according to the criminal complaint. He has a prior felony conviction from March 2003 for making terroristic threats.

In a separate complaint, Horton is accused of assaulting his 19-year-old girlfriend and twice threatening to kill her with a gun -- the same one he allegedly used in the drive-by shooting. In that complaint, Horton is charged with five felonies: possession of stolen property, felon in possession of a pistol, two counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of third-degree assault.

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Horton appeared on both complaints Monday in Mower District Court before Judge Fred Wellmann. The judge set bail at $100,000, or $50,000 with conditions for each of the criminal complaints, records show. Horton remains in custody at Mower County Jail.

According to the complaints, Horton allegedly shot a 9 mm bullet into an empty car about 3:30 a.m. June 12 in the 1400 block of Fourth Avenue Southeast. The owner of the car, a 17-year-old boy, reported he was in another car when he saw a shot fired from the passenger side of a passing vehicle, the complaint stated.

The 17-year-old told police he recognized the vehicle and knew its 17-year-old owner, who is a friend of Horton, the complaint says. The 17-year-old said he had heard Horton had gotten a 9 mm pistol and knew Horton did not like him, the complaint says.

A bullet hole was found in the driver's side door of the 17-year-old's vehicle and another on the inside passenger door, the complaint states.

A police warrant executed Thursday found the 9 mm pistol at Horton's residence while he was there, the complaint stated. Horton told police he shot at the 17-year-old's car with the pistol, the complaint stated.

As for the other complaint, Horton said he never threatened his girlfriend but did physically assault her a few weeks ago, the complaint says.

The woman told police Horton assaulted her Aug. 14 as well as several other times during their 13-month relationship, the complaint stated. She suffered a concussion, severe bruising to her face and head, nausea, dizziness and moderate pain to her face and head, the complaint stated.

The woman also told police Horton threatened to kill her with a gun last May and in early August, the complaint stated.

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Horton is to appear in court Sept. 9.

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