The 39-year-old Hunt man accused of killing a woman three years ago and possessing child pornography two years ago is out on bond and has a court hearing set in the fall.

Eric Daniel Auld was arrested on Nov. 5, 2016, after Kerr County Sheriff’s deputies began investigating the disappearance of Magan Nicole King, a 26-year-old San Antonio woman. 

She reportedly was last seen on the 5,600-acre Auld Ranch in West Kerr County, so a search warrant was executed there with the help of Department of Public Safety troopers, a DPS helicopter, the Travis County Search and Rescue Unit with search dogs and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice search unit, as well as riding horses.

King’s vehicle was discovered loaded onto a trailer in a remote part of the ranch, and human remains also were found, according to Kerr County Sheriff W.R. “Rusty” Hierholzer.

According to indictments issued in 2016, 2017 and 2018, Auld is accused of fatally shooting King and attempting to hide evidence by hiding a 2008 Chrysler Sebring belonging to King, burning her cellphone, burning her clothing, wiping blood out of a vehicle, hiding blood spots in an all-terrain vehicle by covering them with a dead hog, burning his own clothing and shoes, removing the ashes from a burn pile and burying the ashes in another location. 

Auld also is accused in indictments of filing a false affidavit of indigence — presumably in order to obtain a court-appointed attorney — by claiming that the total assets he owned was “0.”

In what appears to be an unrelated matter, Auld is accused of possessing child pornography on a laptop computer discovered by investigators who had been trying to find communications between Auld and King. 

Auld was indicted on 20 counts of possession of child pornography in March 2017. 

The indictment accuses Auld of having 20 separate images of male and female children, pre-teens and teens in various sexual situations, alone and with adults.

All of Auld’s charges are felonies. 

The child porn counts and some of the evidence-tampering charges each are punishable by as much as 10 years in prison; the evidence-tampering charge involving hiding human remains is punishable by as much as 20 years in prison; and the murder charge is punishable by as much as life in prison. 

Auld is out on bonds totaling about $1.1 million, according to jail records. 

Some of his bond conditions include not being able to leave the Auld Ranch property without his probation officer’s permission, not being allowed to leave his home on the Auld Ranch except between 8 a.m. and noon seven days a week, not being able to be in contact with children, not being able to go places where children might be and not being able to possess any pornography, among other stipulations.

Auld has a pre-trial hearing set for Oct. 7.

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Kerville has two (2) high profile murder cases headed to trial shortly, one in the 216th and one in the 198th. Both cases have received national attention. The Eric Auld case in the 198th contains heinous, appalling accusations of murder, 20 counts of child po*n, TAMP/FAB PHYS EVID W/INTENT TO IMPAIR HUMAN CORPSE, as well as 11 additional counts of tampering. The prosecutor in this case is Scott Monore, a low profile prosecutor who understands the community standards and dedicates his time and our money to prosecutions that matter. Rex Emerson, the 198th judge is a no-nonsense, fair minded judge with a reputation of handing out equal justice for all. On the other hand, we have the 216th with Lucy Wilke and Judge Williams focusing on the Kevin Franke murder trial. These two prosecutions could not be more different, and each case is representative of how the respective DA’s spend our money and implement our community values.


I hope Lucy WIike is reading this story, and I would like to ask her how this fits into her view that child s*x crimes in Kerrville are normal and average. This is one of more heinous set of allegations to come through this county is quite some time. I respectfully ask Ms Wilke to read the newspaper, have an awareness of the major cases in the 198th, and follow the daily arrest bookings into Kerr County jail so that she can reconnect to the reality of Kerr County crime patterns and understand the real, tangible threats that our children face every day.

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