A man suspected of fatally stabbing his lover and then himself this week at a wooded retreat near Wimberley remains hospitalized under police guard with self-inflicted wounds, a Hays County sheriff’s deputy said this afternoon.A guest at Cypress Creek Cottages, located at the end of sleepy Scudder Lane, discovered the lifeless body of Denise M. Manning, 45, lying in a driveway at about 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, Sheriff Gary Cutler said at a news conference later that day.
Shaun Mireles, 22, was found with stab wounds to his chest in a cottage the couple had rented for the night, Cutler said. He was taken by helicopter to an undisclosed Austin hospital for treatment at 8:45 a.m., about twenty minutes after the first deputies, Michael Kirkwood and Lisa McNiel, arrived on the scene, the sheriff’s office daily activity log states.
At about 3 p.m. the previous evening, the couple checked into one of the retreat’s 12 cabins. At about 9 p.m. Tuesday, they reported a problem with their television to the property manager who went to their cabin and fixed the TV.
“He was the last one to talk to the two of them. Between 9 p.m. and 8:15 a.m. [Wednesday] — we’re still trying to determine what could have happened during that time,” Cutler said at the press conference.
Manning and Mireles, both San Antonio residents, were involved in a “domestic relationship,” Sgt. Phillip Taylor, the sheriff’s spokesperson, said today. An autopsy conducted by the Travis County Medical Examiners Office confirmed Manning’s death was the result of homicide, Taylor said.
Charges are pending against Mireles, Taylor said, and he is being guarded by Hays County deputies at the hospital. The spokesperson declined to say “for security reasons” at which hospital Mireles is being treated.
COVER: A cypress tree is reflected on the surface of Cypress Creek in Wimberley. PHOTO by EVAN PARKER. MERCURY ILLUSTRATION by BRAD ROLLINS