Last week marked the ninth anniversary of a hit and run boating death that remained a mystery until last December.
Justin Roberts, 18, a stand out Lampasas High School student was killed nine-years ago while fishing with friends at night on Lake Buchanan. Roberts and both of the friends in the boat with him was wearing a life-jacket. The boat had lights and none of the teens had been drinking. As they headed to shore they were run over by another boat which came out of nowhere. The boat’s driver refused to stop. Roberts was killed instantly. His two friends were both knocked unconscious and floated in Lake Buchanan until fishermen found them the next morning.
Game wardens with Texas Parks and Wildlife searched all over the Lake Buchanan area looking for clues.
An anonymous tip to Crimestoppers led law enforcement officers to the Bertram home of 36-year old Travis Marburger.
A $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the hit-and-run actor has not been claimed.
When Game wardens searched Marburger’s property, they discovered the boat they say was involved in the fatal hit and run. The boat was buried three-feet deep in Marburger’s back yard.
Marburger, a construction worker was arrested, charged and indited by a grand jury for manslaughter and on two counts of tampering with evidence.
Sam Oatman, the Burnet County District Attorney, is trying to add on additional charges of Failure to Stop and Render Aid, but he says there may be an issue with the statute of limitations.
According to Justin Roberts’ parents, David and Sharon Roberts of Lampasas, a pre-trial hearing is set for May 20.
Source: KVUE TV