by BRAD ROLLINS
A 22-year-old man arrested two weeks ago for allegedly brutalizing a lifelong San Marcos woman and then leaving her for dead on the side of Yarrington Road could face capital murder charges if his alleged victim dies.
Katie Mayfield, 34, was found badly beaten and half-naked next to a Dumpster near the Hays County central road crew yard at about 5:25 p.m. April 21. Four days later, the Hays County Sheriff’s office arrested Jaime Beltran Granados, a 22-year-old undocumented Mexican immigrant living in Austin, and charged him with aggravated robbery in connection with the case.
Mayfield, a San Marcos High School graduate, was taken to Brackenridge Hospital to be treated for serious head injuries and has not emerged from critical or serious condition. Two and a half weeks after the assault, Mayfield has not regained consciousness and has been transferred to hospice care, according to an acquaintance who spoke on the condition he not be named.
According to sheriff’s detective Angelo Floiran, Bernell Quillens, the victim’s boyfriend, and another witness saw her get into a gray Mazda with a Latino man — a man both witnesses said they did not know — in the early afternoon of April 21, according to court records. At about 4:48 p.m., Mayfield spoke with Quillens on the phone and said the man with whom she was riding had run out of gas and they were sitting on the side of the road; less than 45 minutes later, Mayfield was found near death at an entrance to Yarrington Road Materials, a cement and gravel plant.
Mayfield’s phone records led Florian to Granados, who denied ever calling her or being with her in the area where she was found brutalized, Floiran said. Mayfield’s cell phone records disprove Granados’ claim that he was not in phone contact with her, Floiran said.
Granados did admit to borrowing a gray Mazda hatchback on the afternoon of April 21 from a man for whom Granados was working, Floiran said.
The employer and his son, identified in court records only as Flores Sr. and Flores Jr., said Granados returned the car sometime around 4 p.m. April 21 and told Flores then that he no longer wanted to work for them and quit. One of the Flores gave Granados a ride to a house on Pedernales Road in east Austin; the residence was later searched by investigators and Granados was arrested on the spot under a warrant issued by Hays County Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Beth Smith.
Granados is still in the Hays County jail under a $150,000 bond. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has notified the sheriff’s office that it intends to take custody of Granados should be make bail.
CORRECTION: The story originally said at in one instance that Mayfield was found dead. The error occurred when the word “nearly” was omitted due to an editing error. The story also originally misspelled Granados surname on several instances.Email | Print