Boyfriend arrested in connection to girlfriend's death

Mark Phillip Howerton, 22 (pictured), was arrested on Wednesday and charged with murder, aggravated sexual assault and criminal mischief in the death of 19-year-old cheerleader Cayley Mandadi

Mark Phillip Howerton, 22 (pictured), was arrested on Wednesday and charged with murder, aggravated sexual assault and criminal mischief in the death of 19-year-old cheerleader Cayley Mandadi

A man has turned himself in for the death of a 19-year-old Texas cheerleader last year.

Cayley Mandadi, of Trinity University in San Antonio, died Halloween 2017 after falling unconscious in a car traveling to Houston.

On Wednesday, Mark Phillip Howerton, 22, was charged with murder, aggravated sexual assault and criminal mischief.

Until Wednesday, few details about her death had been made public. However, an arrest warrant affidavit for Howerton, her boyfriend of four weeks at the time of her death, has shed new light on the hours leading up to Mandadi's death.

'Mr Howerton is ready and eager to vindicate himself in court. He's innocent of the charges, and he's doing the right thing. If someone has a warrant out for his arrest, then he needs to turn himself in,' said John Hunter, Howerton's attorney. 

Documents show that the couple, who had been dating for four weeks at the time, had spent the weekend partying, drinking alcohol and taking ecstasy at the Mala Luna music festival. On the second day of the festival, the couple then argued over Mandadi's ex-boyfriend and left (Pictured, Mandadi)

Documents show that the couple, who had been dating for four weeks at the time, had spent the weekend partying, drinking alcohol and taking ecstasy at the Mala Luna music festival. On the second day of the festival, the couple then argued over Mandadi's ex-boyfriend and left (Pictured, Mandadi)

After the festival on October 29, the couple again discussed the argument in their car, authorities said. But Howerton says they stopped at a gas station in Valero and had 'rough makeup sex' (Pictured, Mandadi)

After the festival on October 29, the couple again discussed the argument in their car, authorities said. But Howerton says they stopped at a gas station in Valero and had 'rough makeup sex' (Pictured, Mandadi)

Documents show that the couple had spent the weekend partying, drinking alcohol and taking ecstasy at the Mala Luna music festival. On the second day of the festival, the couple then argued over Mandadi's ex-boyfriend and left.

After the festival on October 29, the couple again discussed the argument in their car, authorities said. Mandadi then agreed to go to Houston with Howerton.

Investigators said Mandadi told Howerton he was her soulmate and she was going to drop out of college to be with him.

When the couple started their drive to Houston, they stopped at a Valero gas station just outside San Antonio to have sex in the car, Howerton told investigators, which included

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