Kendall County sheriff's son to testify in Kendall Batchelor intoxication manslaughter trial

The sheriff's son and the Hill Country socialite were close friends who hung out at local bars prior to her arrest, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Kendall Lauren Batchelor, the daughter of San Antonio car dealer Ken Batchelor, faces an intoxication manslaughter trial this spring. - Courtesy Photo / Kendall County Sheriff's Office
Courtesy Photo / Kendall County Sheriff's Office
Kendall Lauren Batchelor, the daughter of San Antonio car dealer Ken Batchelor, faces an intoxication manslaughter trial this spring.

Editor's note: This story was corrected to provide more accurate information on the origin of the charges against Kendall Lauren Batchelor for a June 2 auto collision and to correctly state her reported blood alcohol level. It was also edited to clarify that Kendall Lauren Batchelor was charged with a hit-and-run for a December 2021 automobile accident .

The son of Kendall County Sheriff Al Auxier has been subpoenaed to testify in the intoxication manslaughter trial of Kendall Lauren Batchelor, the daughter of San Antonio car dealer Ken Batchelor, according to paperwork obtained by the Current.

Bryson Auxier was served on Dec. 24, the subpoena from the Kendall County District Attorney's Office shows. The document doesn't include specifics on why Bryson Auxier is expected to testify, other than that he's expected to "give evidence on behalf of the State and Defendant."

However, a source familiar with the matter said Bryson Auxier and Batchelor are close friends who often hung out at Boerne bars, including Salvador Dobbs and Peggy's on the Green, prior to her arrest last summer.

Batchelor is accused of driving the wrong way down State Highway 46 outside Boerne on June 2. Her Ford F-150 struck a sedan driven by 49-year-old David Belter, killing him, according to charges brought by Kendall County District Attorney’s office.

At the time of the crash, Batchelor had a blood alcohol level of .166 — more than double the legal driving limit, according to police records cited by the Boerne Star. She also tested positive for cannabinoids, opiates and amphetamines, the paper reports.

The June incident isn't the first time the Hill Country socialite has faced trouble on the roads.

As previously reported by the Current
, Batchelor pled guilty to a 2018 DWI charge in Kendall County.

Police also recommended a DWI charge against Batchelor for a separate December 2021 collision. However, in that case, the DA's office only brought a misdemeanor hit-and-run charge against her, not the DWI charge initially recommended by Boerne PD officer Amy Breedlove. 

When contacted by the Current in June, Boerne police officials declined to explain why Batchelor was never charged with a DWI for the 2021 incident, in which she allegedly struck two cars parked at an apartment complex.

Batchelor's intoxication manslaughter trial is set to begin March 27 in Kendall County's 451st District Court.

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Michael Karlis

Michael Karlis is a Staff Writer at the San Antonio Current. He is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., whose work has been featured in Salon, Alternet, Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, Orlando Weekly, NewsBreak, 420 Magazine and Mexico Travel Today. He reports primarily on breaking news, politics...

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