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AUSTIN, Texas — Austin police have arrested and charged 36-year-old Christopher Cate in connection with the fatal stabbing of 60-year-old Sandra Jo Vollette during a disturbance on Monday afternoon on the city's southwest side.

At approximately 12:17 p.m., on Monday, April 13, 2020, the Austin Police Department was dispatched to the disturbance in the 3800 block of Allegro Lugar Street for a reported stabbing.

There, Austin-Travis County EMS attempted lifesaving measures on Vollette but she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Cate was detained and, due to displaying "erratic behavior," was taken to the South Austin Medical Center for evaluation. He has since been transferred and booked into the Travis County Jail and charged with murder. Bond information was not available at the time of press.

Detectives are speaking with witnesses and asking anyone with video or additional information about the incident to call the Austin Police Department Homicide at (512) 975-TIPS or by email at homicide.apd@austintexas.gov.

The Travis County Medical Examiner’s office will be conducting an autopsy to determine the official cause and manner of death.

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