January 4, 2011
Three Accused of Killing in Retaliation for Alleged Child Sex Assault (OT)
From Expose Report News Magasine;
Authorities say Shawn Phillips, 32, told his wife he was ‘going to take care of it his way’ after a 7 year old female family member accused Mark A. Gabler, 33, of sexually assaulting her.
SAN ANTONIO, TX -Authorities have accused a Bexar County man of killing another man in retaliation for an alleged sexual assault of one of his family members.
Declining to call police, Shawn Phillips, 32, told his wife he was “going to take care of it his way” after a family member accused Mark A. Gabler, 33, of sexually assaulting a relative, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
Police found Gabler’s decomposed body May 20 in a hayfield in Southeast Bexar County after they responded to a service call at 13400 Donop Road near the intersection with Old Corpus Christi Road. He was identified through his fingerprints, the affidavit states.
Arrested Saturday, Phillips was being held at Bexar County Jail on a murder charge and in lieu of posting $75,000 bail.
Authorities began to investigate Phillips after he used Gabler’s credit card to make a purchase on a website several weeks after the man’s death, leaving behind an e-mail address associated with him, the affidavit states.
Phillips also used the credit card to make purchases at Walmart and Valero, allowing investigators to identify him using the businesses’ surveillance footage, police said.