Former Williamson County Judge Alfred Carnes and Wife Susan Murdered in Georgetown: Son Seth Carnes Suspected in Death of Parents

A tragicshooting incident claims the lives of a retired judge and wife in Williamson County.

In a shocking development, a former esteemed Williamson County judge and his wife were brutally gunned down in their residence near Georgetown, Texas. The victims have been identified as Alfred “Burt” Carnes and Susan Carnes, both aged 74.

Details of the Shooting

The incident occurred Monday night in the Carnes family home in the 300 block of County Road 317, near Georgetown. The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that they received reports of a shooting at this location. Upon arrival, they discovered the bodies of Judge Alfred “Burt” Carnes and Susan Carnes, who had both sustained fatal gunshot wounds.

Primary Suspect in Custody

The authorities reported that they apprehended 45-year-old Seth Carnes, the couple’s son, who was leaving the scene. According to the police, Seth immediately confessed to the crime, stating that he “had just shot and killed his mother and father.” This shocking revelation led to his arrest, and he has since been charged with capital murder and is being held without bond.

The sheriff’s office suggested in their news release that a family disagreement had escalated into violence, resulting in the tragic deaths of the elderly couple.

Reactions to the Tragic Event

The incident has sent shockwaves throughout the local community, especially given Judge Carnes’ significant contributions to the legal field. Cmrd. John Foster of the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division expressed his condolences: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family affected by this heartbreaking event.”

Background Information about the Victims

Judge Alfred “urt” Carnes first took up his judicial role in the 368th District Court in Williamson County in September 1989. His wife, Susan Carnes, was a retired elementary school teacher. The couple was respected and well-known in the community.

The Carnes family has a rich history of public service, dating back to an ancestor who served as a Texas Ranger in the Texas Republic. This legacy includes a Texas Ranger who was killed in the line of duty, a Border Patrol agent who also lost his life on duty, and Burt CaCarnes’s father, who served as an FBI Special Agent for 26 years.

Community Mourning

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell released a statement mourning the couple’s sath. He said, “Ju” Ge Carnes was a committed public servant, respected jurist, and beloved community member. His is a legacy of service in our system of justice, and we mourn his and his wife’s deaths.”


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