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Police: Thomas Involved In 3 "Altercations" Day Before Death

Updated to clarify where Thomas' body was found.

Since his body was identified Tuesday morning, Austin police have been investigating the final hours of rockabilly singer and bandleader Chadd Thomas, trying to fill in the blanks between Thomas' show with his band the Crazy Kings last Saturday night and the discovery of his body early Monday morning on South Congress Avenue near Oltorf.

This afternoon, Austin Police Department investigators held a press conference and announced the singer was involved in three different "altercations" in the hours leading up to his death, which the Travis County Medical Examiner ruled a homicide via blunt force trauma late Tuesday afternoon.

Police say these incidents took place between the 3000 and 3600 block of South Lamar; a party in the 200 block of Alpine; and then near two South Congress apartment complexes where his body was found Monday, KVUE's Rebekah Hood reported. Aviary Decor, the bar the Crazy Kings played Saturday, is located in the 2000 block of South Lamar.

Hood says police would not reveal what kind of altercations these were (how many kinds are there?) but did say that the first one did involve a vehicle, and that they believe Thomas was driven from the Alpine party to South Congress. They have spoken to parties involved in the first and third incidents, and have a person of interest in the second, Hood added.

Thomas' body was found beside a tree in the parking lot of an AutoZone in the 2600 block of South Congress. Fans have since erected a memorial to the singer at the spot.

Thomas, a native of Birmingham, Ala., whose given name was Charles Thomas II, is survived by a six-year-old daughter. Funeral arrangements are pending.

APD is still searching for witnesses to all three altercations. Contact the department at 512-974-5000 or through the Web.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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