Suspect in murder of Belton man passed away and cannot be charged; police hope victim’s family gets ‘sense of closure’

Published: Nov. 16, 2022 at 10:47 AM CST
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BELTON, Texas (KWTX) - The Belton Police Department on Wednesday, Nov. 16, announced it had concluded its investigation into the murder of John Hill without bringing charges against the suspect in the killing, who passed away this year.

On Dec. 19, 2014, a relative found Hill dead on the living room floor of his home in the 800 block of W. Avenue I.

Police said an autopsy determined Hill died as a result of blunt trauma to the head and that the altercation was believed to be over prescribed medication.

Police said Jeremy Seiter, the man who killed Hill, cannot be charged with murder because he passed away on May 20, 2022.

Seiter passed away due to drug-related heart failure.

Footage shows Hill at the pharmacy three pays prior to his death, picking up prescription medication.

Hill also spoke with Seiter on the phone three times that day, according to phone records.

“Seiter emerged as the main suspect in this case, but charges were never filed due to a lack of sufficient evidence,” police said in a news release.

“Following Mr. Seiter’s death, investigators learned that while he was alive, he had independently told multiple people close to him that he was responsible for the death of Mr. Hill. This corroborated the other evidence that the investigation had produced,” police further said.

Seiter later admitted to parking his truck outside Hill’s residence.

Prior to this, Seiter had faked trip logs in his truck, documenting his location was elsewhere during the time of the murder.

“We want the Hill family to receive closure, which is not possible through the court system because Jeremy Seiter has passed away,” Belton Police Chief Gene Ellis said.

“It is tragic to lose a loved one to a violent act. The Hill family has endured nearly eight years of pain and frustration,” the department said, “While the circumstances with this case prevent justice through the courts, it is our hope that this announcement brings them consolation, comfort, and a sense of closure.”