Killing followed tension over rival
Nancy Benge Austin sometimes did not get along well with Dylan Joseph Short, the father of her 1-year-old grandson, Carson.
But her arrest on a charge of murder in Short’s shooting Thursday at her mobile home on Tara Place in Whitnel caught everyone by surprise.
Short, 20, and Austin’s 21-year-old daughter Sarah had recently had an up-and-down relationship. Joyce Triplett, a neighbor up the street on Tara Place, said Austin, 57, had mentioned the tensions sometimes in their chats at the mailbox. Austin felt Short didn’t treat her daughter right.
One source of tension was that during one of the down times in his relationship with Sarah Austin, Short was involved with another woman, Lexx Leigh Goble, who about a month ago gave birth to Short’s second son, Kane. Short was trying to maintain relationships with both children, said his father, Joseph Short of Fairwood Drive in Hudson. He said both children had been at his house with Dylan on Christmas.
“He was trying to be there with his kids from both ends,” he said. “They (Dylan and Sarah) were trying to get back together.”
In fact, Joseph Short said, on Thursday his son went to Austin’s to see Carson and try again to patch things up with Sarah Austin.
Goble said she and Short also had been trying to get along, and had even talked about getting back together.
“We were going to work things out, and this is what came out,” she said.
Sarah Austin declined to comment.
Joseph Short was at work when he got word of his son’s death.
“I’m devastated,” Joseph said. “He was a perfect kid. He did no drugs and didn’t drink. Everybody knew him and loved him.”
Those who knew Austin, including Triplett, are shocked as well.
“She was a good person to me,” Triplett said. “I never knew her to go off like that.”
Carolyn Gibson, of Hudson, worked with Austin at an area Bojangles in 2003. She says Austin’s arrest shocked her.
“I’m floored,” Gibson said. “That’s not the Nancy Austin I knew and worked with. She was as sweet as could be. She didn’t have a mean bone in her.”
Austin applied Friday for a court-appointed attorney. She is tentatively scheduled to have a court hearing Jan. 16.