Texas mom notified soldier son was AWOL

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - An Austin woman found shot to death in her bed had been notified that her son was absent without leave from Fort Benning, Ga.

Pvt. Travis Wayne Baczewski (buh-SHOO'-skee) of Austin remained in the Travis County Jail on Thursday on $1.1 million bail.

Baczewski is charged with capital murder in Sunday's killing of 54-year-old Violetta Baczewski, plus unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Electronic court records did not indicate an attorney for him.

The victim's husband, Steven, works in Iraq for a private company.

The 22-year-old soldier was arrested Monday in Alamo, a town near the Mexican border. His father's car was recovered.

An affidavit says the victim July 23 received a letter from the Army that her son was AWOL, not on leave as he claimed.
Information from Austin American-Statesman: www.statesman.com

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