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Mayfield, in a photo posted on her Facebook page

Mayfield, in a photo posted on her Facebook page

A woman who police say was found unconscious and lying next to a garbage Dumpster in Kyle, has died as result of the injuries she sustained during an alleged aggravated robbery-turned-murder.

Mary Katherine “Katie” Mayfield, 34, died on Thursday, May 23, little more than a month after the April 21 ruthless assault that left her in critical condition, authorities said.

The Hays County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division filed an additional charge of murder, a first-degree felony, against Jaime Beltran Granados, 22, who has been in Hays County custody since April 25.

Authorities responded to the 5300 block of Yarrington Road in Kyle at about 5:52 p.m. on April 21 for the report of an unconscious female lying next to a garbage dumpster. Mayfield, who police did not identify until May 30, was transported to University Medical Center at Brackenridge where she remained in critical condition due to a head injury.

A subsequent investigation by the Hays County Sheriff’s Office led to Granado’s arrest at an Austin home on April 25. Granados is being held on a $1.15 million bond and has a detainer placed on him by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. An ICE detainer is a notice that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issues to law enforcement agencies informing them that ICE intends to assume custody of an individual in their custody.

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» Probable Cause Affidavit – Katie Mayfield [pdf]

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ANDY SEVILLA reports for the Hays Free Press where this story was originally published. It is reprinted here through a news partnership between the Free Press and the San Marcos Mercury.

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3 thoughts on “San Marcos native dies; her accused tormenter charged with murder (video)

  1. “Jessica” is a pseudonym the investigator used since, I’m guessing, the affidavit suggests the possibility of sexual assault. One of the Austin TV stations aired her real name. Since the Mercury was posting that station’s video stories, and since the name was already public, I decided to identify the victim by her real name, too. Typically, we do not publicize the names of sexual assault victims but in major cases like this one, especially in cases where the crimes include more than sexual assault, it’s inevitable that the names of adult victims (never children, without their parent’s consent) are going to be made public.

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