A man who died Friday in La Marque in an apparent homicide was attacked with a knife and a baseball bat by two suspects and shot multiple times, according to new details released Thursday.

The details are included in a probable cause affidavit for Erica Letticia Smith, 32, of Galveston.

Smith was arrested and charged with murder Friday after being interviewed in connection with the homicide, according to the affidavit.

Police responded to a report of a body in an abandoned apartment in the 900 block of Tallow Drive about 6:30 p.m. Friday, finding a body later identified as Phillip Bustamante, 30, according to the affidavit.

The body was found with a large amount of blood around and on him and with gun shot wounds, according to the affidavit.

Police interviewed the previous resident of the apartment who was also a witness in an apparent overdose death at 2 p.m. Friday at a separate location, according to the affidavit.

The person was pronounced dead and later identified as Stanley Lehr, 33, according to the affidavit.

Lehr was facing multiple charges against him in Galveston County as well as Wexford and Jackson counties in Michigan, jail records show.

While investigating the overdose, police interviewed Smith, who told them that she and Lehr had a fight with someone named Phil earlier that day, according to the affidavit.

Following Bustamante’s discovery, police interviewed Smith again, who told them that they had been at the apartment and while inside Lehr had pointed a gun at Bustamante, according to the affidavit.

Lehr then punched Bustamante, causing him to fall, and then continued to beat Bustamante with a bat and a knife, according to the affidavit.

Smith told police that she handed Lehr two different guns that he used to shoot the victim and that she had kicked him in the head, torso and leg while he showed no signs of life, according to the affidavit.

Smith also took money out of Bustamante’s pocket while he was on the ground bleeding, according to the affidavit.

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Another senseless murder by low life scum of the Earth!!

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