Murder victim served restraining order in 2012

Dec. 31, 2013 @ 08:08 AM

The daughter of murder defendant Nancy Austin had taken out a restraining order against Dylan Short, gunned down the day after Christmas at her Whitnel residence.

Short, 20, was killed Thursday outside a trailer located at 1122 Tara Place, where Austin has lived for the past year with her 21-year-old daughter Sarah Austin. Austin, 57, was jailed on a murder charge after the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office investigated a shooting call around 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 26. Short's body was found in the driveway of the house.

Austin had filed the temporary 10-day restraining order on August 27, 2012 after she claimed Short tackled her to the ground while she was pregnant with Carson, held a knife to her and threatened to kill himself. Austin also claimed on the order that he texted or called her up to 50 times a day over a three-day period that month, and planned to buy a 9-mm pistol from a co-worker at Shurtape, where he worked as a slitter operator.

But Judge Bob Brady on Sept. 5 dismissed a one-year restraining order. The records do not disclose why the one-year order was dismissed. Lexx Leigh Goble, mother to Short's 1-month old son Kane, says the allegations are without merit.

"He wouldn't hurt anybody," Goble said Monday. "He told me she hit him on the head with a skillet and he pushed her away to protect himself."

Authorities have not revealed a motive for the shooting, but Nancy Austin had been upset over the Short's desire to see his 1-year-old son Carson he fathered with Sarah. Joseph Short, Dylan's father, has said his son wanted to maintain a relationship with both his children. But Sarah was granted full custody of Carson on March 18, according to records filed at the Caldwell Clerk of Court's office. Goble and Short met about a year ago and were married on May 17 in Catawba County. She has not legally changed her last name. Goble says she and Short had been having some problems, and she moved out of the trailer they shared in Hudson two months ago. Still, she had hoped to work things out with her husband. But a bullet ended that dream.

"She (Nancy) did not think about how it would effect Carson," Goble said Monday. "How do you tell a child his grandmother killed his father? It was just a selfish act upon Nancy to take Dylan from Carson and Kane.

"I don't think I will ever understand it, but at least Dylan can be with both of his children now without him being told he cant."