Warrant Reveals New Details In Swagger Murder - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/17/08

Warrant Reveals New Details In Swagger Murder

Arthur Swagger, 37, appeared before a Lubbock judge Tuesday morning, 15 days after authorities say be beat and sexually assaulted his former wife. Now, Swagger is jailed on a $500,000 bond.

Police were called to room 221 at the Motel 6 at 66th and I-27 back on June 2nd. Five days later, Swagger's former wife Joy Swagger died at University Medical Center. Investigators say Swagger's story never added up, and now the arrest warrant is revealing new details on what may have happened in that room.

"You're charged with the offense of murder.  Do you have any questions," Judge Aurora Hernandez asked. "No, your honor," Swagger responded. 

Those were the only words Swagger spoke aloud Tuesday morning. He left the courtroom, headed back to jail, where he's been since the assault on June 2nd.  That's when police say Swagger beat and sexually assaulted 25-year-old Joy Swagger.

According to the incident report, Swagger told investigators they were "making love" the day before. He says he accidentally hit Joy in the nose, causing her to stumble, strike her head on the sink, hit something else, and then fell to the floor. Swagger says when he asked if she was okay, she began cussing.

He says he then smoked a cigarette, took his two children to the pool, went to the store, and then returned.  It wasn't until later, after he says Joy had difficulty breathing, that he went to the front desk and asked them to call 911.

Prosecutors say Swagger hit Joy, and struck her with a hard object. The 5-year-old boy inside the room told police Swagger threw a phone at his mom. Police say the telephone in the room appeared broken when they arrived. Officers also report the 5-year-old's eye was bruised and swollen. The boy says Swagger smashed his head against the box spring of one of the beds.

NewsChannel 11 checked Tuesday afternoon, and both the five-year-old and his three-year-old sister remained in protective custody.

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