Mettz officially charged in officer’s death

Stewart Mettz

Capitol Murder

Accused cop killer Stewart Thomas Mettz, 51, has been officially arrested.

Hays County Justice of the Peace Maggie Moreno magistrated Mettz Thursday morning at his bed at an unnamed Austin hospital. She ordered that he be held without bond on the charge of capital murder of a police officer.

He is also charged with assault causing bodily injury, a Class A Misdemeanor and injury to an elderly individual, which is a third degree felony. Those are the warrants Officer Ken Copeland and others were attempting to serve Monday at Mettz’s home in the El Camino Real subdivision.

Copeland was hit several times after Mettz opened his front door and then opened fire.

Copeland’s body was brought back to San Marcos from the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office on Tuesday. Currently, the San Marcos Police Department is maintaining a 24-hour guard at Thomason. Public visitation is at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2 to 10 p.m. Funeral services are Wednesday morning in San Antonio.

Copeland is the first San Marcos Police Officer to be killed in the line of duty. The 58-year old leaves behind a wife and four children.

It is unknown when Mettz will be released from the hospital and transferred to Hays County Jail awaiting grand jury indictment and trial. District Attorney Wes Mau said until an indictment is issued, “there will be no announcement regarding the prosecution’s intentions regarding the death penalty.

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