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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.

Mayfield, in a photo posted on her Facebook page

Mayfield, in a photo posted on her Facebook page

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.

Granados

Granados

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.

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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.

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25 thoughts on “San Marcos native left for dead by roadside Dumpster

  1. Truely terrible crime… prayers for Ms Mayfield and her loved ones… However, The perp, Senor Grandos, is an Illegal Alien… Call him what he is and not the PC BS name created by the twit in our Whitehouse.

  2. Really, Sean, your political beliefs have no business here. Our focus should be on positive thoughts and prayers for Katie, as well as the prosecutors who will be handling this heinous crime.

    I also think there should be a correction to the end of the 4th paragraph where it says that she was found dead, as that is not accurate.

  3. I agree. I can’t say that “correction” made me feel any better about this horrible event.

  4. Ted, I often appreciate your barbs. In this instance, I’ve got to say: You’re an asshole. For even relating the copy error and the crime in terms of magnitude, in terms of how they made you “feel”. Asshole.

  5. I wasn’t talking about the copy error. I was talking about Mr. Murphy’s comment, and I was being sarcastic.

    Wow.

    But yes, I am an asshole.

  6. Actually, sarcastic isn’t the right word. Whatever the right word, a) it is horrible and b) I fail to see how terminology re: the suspect’s status has any bearing. That was my point.

  7. She is a very close friend of mine. If you CAN NOT show some respect, than don’t reply. It’s rather Childress and inconsiderate. It’s not about the President nor immagration… It concerns a very dear friend of mine who is suffering…

  8. Qui, I agree, and this was the point I was trying to make. I apologize, if I said anything that indicated otherwise.

    My heart and thoughts go out to Ms. Mayfield, her family, and her friends.

  9. Ted, I was prepared to retort but after re-reading your comment, I think I was wrong about your meaning.

    After a few emotionally intense phone calls today with people close to the victim — none of whom expressed any problem with the reporting in this story — I was quick on the trigger in responding to what I thought was a very tasteless comment. Sean’s attempt to use the comments on this particular article to throw an anti-immigrant punch already had me irritated.

    I apologize — publicly, obviously — for calling you an asshole.

  10. Brad, you left me a message and I have no idea who gave you my number. I was an acquaintance of Katie’s but not close enough to give out information, that I do not even have. Katie has a family and real closes friends that need respect an prayers. You obviously recieved information from some so called close friends! I understand you are doing a job, but please leave me out.

  11. Why would her boyfriend let her get into a car with someone he apparently didn’t know? There must’ve been something else going on.

  12. Miguel,

    Nearly all the info I based this story on was from a probable cause affidavit. The intent of the detective in writing those is to lay out enough evidence to justify a warrant. They are not meant as a full and comprehensive picture of the situation.

    I don’t know what the situation with the boyfriend is but I’m not sure it’s healthy or helpful to speculate. More facts will come to light as time goes on and I’d just prefer we wait til then to fill in the blanks. I agree there are many blanks to be filled in here.

  13. Although Katie has been estranged from her family for years, we do love her very much. While we appreciate the love and concern people have shown during this stressful time, there are way too many people spreading rumors without concern for the family. Katie has children that deserve better and have to continue to live in this town, and basic human compassion for them would be much appreciated.

  14. Love and prayers for Katie and her family. We are saddened by this news and hold you all close to our hearts.

  15. Its such a sad situation overall. We can only pray for Katie and know that god has a plan for her. I can’t imagine. When I read the article and I know its coming from an affidavit but I agree there are so many blanks missing. None of it makes sense the from the time frame to the phone call to the time reported by the employeer whom the car was borrowed. What I am really having a hard time with is how did her Fiance(according to FB) let her leave with another Male. I agree with Miguel!
    Never once did the Affidavit mention that her Fiance was bothered by the fact that she left with another Male or any concerns. My Theory is he knew the male they both knew the Male Granados,they knew what was going on….there was a connection that will later come out. And I pray that those responsible pay for their involvement…Cause no matter what she didn’t deserve that….!

  16. It doesn’t matter the circumstances of how she ended up where she was people, she was a friend to many in San Marcos and people loved her for the person she was. This is a tragedy and very sad for all involved. This is a warning for women everywhere that things do happen in broad daylight and to be careful out there with people you don’t know.

  17. My prayers are going out to a very dear sweet and loving friend Katie, We grew up together and played softball together, I never had any issues or problems with her at all. I can’t even begin to fanthom what went on with her and why someone would even go to this extent to hurt and harm someone. My prayers are with you Katie as well as your family, I hope for the best and just know that God is in control of it all from the hurt to the healing, Love you my friend!!

  18. Our hearts and prayers go out to Katie,her children,and her family.This is a terrible,terrible crime,and I don’t know why that criminals bond was set so low.God bless you Katie,and your family.Alot of people are praying for you all.

  19. What a horrific crime. My heart goes out to Katie’s family.
    From the article, it appears that even if Granados makes the Hays County bail, he would not be allowed free. He would be taken into custody by Immigration.

  20. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Mayfelid family. I have been blessed to know Katie and her family for years, they have always been great people!! It’s just so sad that this could happen so close to home. May you rest in peace and may your family find some peace through this. The Olivo Family

  21. To Katies fam from her loves side of the fam here in Cali we send our love and deepest sorrows for what has happened we loved her as if she was really apart of our family if there is anything we are here ….. To those of you speaking out the wrong end just keep it all to your self she is not a topic of your next blog she’s our loved one you don’t realize the impact of the words you choose to sprinkle thru out and its heartless. Please go have a wonderful day……Love you Katiemay

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