- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A 20-year-old man has been charged with murder in the beating death of his boyfriend in Austin following a fight.

According to an arrest affidavit, Bryan Canchola was charged in the death Friday of 18-year-old Stephen Sylvester. Canchola remains in Travis County jail on $500,000 bond. Jail records don’t list an attorney.

The affidavit says the men’s roommate told police the couple had been fighting since about 4:15 a.m. after coming home from drinking. The roommate drove Sylvester, who was bleeding from the head, to the hospital but called police at 5:50 a.m. to tell them Sylvester disappeared.

About a half-hour later, Canchola called 911 from their apartment saying that Sylvester was unconscious and bleeding.

An autopsy showed that Sylvester, who had injuries common with strangulation, died from head trauma.

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