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.