San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

August 31st, 2010
HCSO extradites suspect in Buda murder


Mark David Simmons.


The Hays County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) completed its extradition of Mark David Simmons, 51, last week, bringing back the prime suspect in the April murder of a Buda man.

Simmons was booked into the Hays County Jail on a charge of capital murder at $300,000 bond set by Judge Margie Hernandez.

Simmons is suspect in the April 17 death of Steven Wayne Woelfel of Buda, whose body was discovered during a fire at a residence on Live Oak Loop.

Simmons, who was found in possession of a stolen vehicle reported out of Texas, was returned to Hays County after facing charges of robbery and attempted robbery in Branson, MO. The vehicle, a light blue Hyundai Sonata, also matched the description of a missing vehicle following and connected to the Buda murder. The vehicle was located in a motel parking lot and was reported stolen out of Texas.

HCSO detectives have worked with the Texas Rangers and U.S. Marshal’s Office to complete the extradition. The case remains under active investigation.

Simmons is one of the last persons known to have been in Woelfel’s company and, according to the HCSO, is a long-time associate. On April 29, investigators identified Simmons as a person of interest in the case.

At about 10:50 a.m. on April 17, the Buda Fire Department (BFD) responded to a reported structure fire at 1132 Live Oak Loop, located in the Hays Country Oaks subdivision just northwest of Buda. Arriving fire units found the detached garage at that location to be fully engulfed. Once the fire was extinguished, Woelfel’s body was discovered in the remains of the fire.

Evidence collected at the fire scene has led investigators to believe that the fire was actually set in an attempt to cover up the murder of Woelfel.

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