Wednesday, March 8, 2023

The Murder of Courtney Phillips

Courtney Phillips was only 23 years-old when she was murdered on April 5th, 2015. She lived in San Antonio, Texas prior to her untimely death. Courtney's body was found on the afternoon of April 5th, lying face down on the floor of a house in the 200 block of Edge Avenue. She had suffered stab wounds to the neck. Police were immediately able to determine that Courtney's wounds were not self-inflicted. Her death was quickly classified as a murder.

Throughout the investigation, detectives learned that Courtney went to the house on Edge Avenue that day to meet up with 19-year-old Isaac Estrada. Initial reports stated that investigators did not know why Courtney and Estrada planned to meet up that day. Still, Estrada was immediately named as the prime suspect in the case. However, investigators were unable to locate him. 

Isaac Estrada

It was soon believed that Estrada was hiding from police. He was put on a wanted list, but years passed without any updates in the case. However, in 2022, more details about the case were revealed.

At that time, it reported that Courtney was dropped off at the house on Edge Avenue that afternoon for a date with Estrada. Courtney's text messages revealed that the two had arranged to meet up at the residence - however, Estrada did not live there. In fact, the homeowners were out of town at the time the murder took place.

Once Estrada was identified as a suspect in Courtney's murder, investigators learned that he had been accused of a similar crime just three months earlier. In this instance, Estrada reportedly lured the victim to meet up with him under the pretext of a date, and then ended up robbing the victim.

Finally, in March 2023, Isaac Estrada was captured. After 8 years on the run, Estrada was finally located by authorities in Eagle Pass, Texas. He was arrested and taken into custody on March 4th, 2023. Estrada is being charged with evading arrest, first-degree aggravated robbery and first-degree murder. The charges are currently pending. 

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