Suspect Confesses To Brutal Murder Of A Gay Man In Austin, TX

Earlier this month, police in Austin, TX, were on the hunt for the lead suspect of the murder of David Villarreal. They had managed to obtain images of the suspect, thanks to a security camera that captured him leaving the building. Early last week, that hunt finally came to a close, as police managed to identify and arrest Matthew Bacon, who reportedly confessed to the murder according to KVUE News

DavidVillarealAccording to authorities, Villarreal brought Bacon home on the night of July 12 after the two met at downtown bar known as "Rain". One inside, Bacon then murdered Villarreal using both a knife and a hammer, before then stealing his iPod, iPhone, Xbox and Kindle. Authorities managed to track Bacon to the Belton hotel, where he sold Villarreal's stolen items before booking a room with his stolen credit card. By the time they were finally able to pinpoint his location, Bacon had already been sent to a Louisiana jail due to drug charges. He is currently being held there on $500,000 bond. 

Villarreal's father told reporters that “we're Christians, and we believe in forgiveness. We forgive, but there's laws in the country, and he broke the laws in this country, and he has to pay for that.” Meanwhile, his close friend Bradley Barmer spoke to Bacon directly:

"David was stolen from us, and we're never going to get him back…David was such a generous person. He had no attachment to his stuff; he would have given it to you. There's just not a lot to take away from a senseless crime like this."


  1. chris says

    This is such a great site, and it would be so much better if you would do one tiny thing: Caption your photos (particularly in those omnibus entries, where it’s frequently unclear what item a photo goes with or in a story like this, where there are two people it would be nice to distinguish between).

  2. Alejandro says

    Expect the self hating crowd, the Christian trolls, the ratbastards/ricks to do some SERIOUS victim blaming in these stories. It almost always gets pinned on the victim. Comments get amusing on stories like this because they are so predictable and depressing on here.

  3. LipstickDiva says

    Well said Alejandro. I don’t even read the commentary on articles like this. It’s nothing short of sex shaming, sexuality shaming, and “how dare you not be married, with one partner, you met off Christian mingle? sorry, if you hook up ever, you had this coming”

  4. USC Trojans Fan says

    Rick, go take your 15 different handles and troll elsewhere. I’m saying it right now.

  5. Kucklehead says

    …Bacon then murdered Villarreal using both a knife and a hammer,

    I hope Matthew Bacon gets beaten up and repeatedly gang raped in prison before getting the death penalty.

  6. Joseph Singer says

    Kucklehead: I hope you know if you don’t that any death penalty case usually drags on for 10 or 15 years with all the appeals etc. The truth is that life without parole is a much worse punishment than the death penalty ever is. Death penalty let’s you get out of it if you don’t want to put up with everything.

  7. Kucklehead says

    Joseph Singer: I understand death penalty cases drag on for a while. You think that life in prison is the better punishment. I think 10 or 15 years in prison is enough. Matthew Bacon didn’t shoot someone, he brutally murdered an innocent man with a hammer and a knife. The death penalty won’t undo the horrible things Matthew Bacon has done, or stop David Villarreal’s family from grieving the loss of a loved one… but it would be a good start.

  8. anon says

    Classic drug-crime escalation. The victim was gay, but it wasn’t a gay related crime.

  9. Frank says

    @ANON you could be right. Im sure we will see. Most of us have taken home a stranger, and yet most of us know someone who was murdered by one. Most straight people do not. That should tell us all, without being judgmental, to be really careful out there.

  10. Aaron says

    I knew David – His ex and I are good friends. He was a kind, wonderful guy who would have never harmed anyone. Bacon deserves the harshest penalty he can receive under the law.