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Mark David Simmons


Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

After surreal trial, Simmons handed life sentence for murder

Mark David Simmons, who prosecutors called "one of the most dangerous people to step foot in this courthouse" was sentenced to life in prison on Monday, two years after shooting a Buda man to death and burning his body beyond recognition a week later.

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Live Feed (Update 5): Mark David Simmons murder trial

Austin American-Statesman reporter CIARA O'ROURKE has been following the Hays County murder trial of Mark David Simmons, now in its second week. Prosecutors say Simmons is a white supremacist and militant extremist who killed his friend, Buda...

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Jurors watch white supremacist murder suspect confess to killing

A Hays County jury on Monday watched the confession of a Buda murder suspect who has claimed that he accidentally shot his longtime friend in the head during a time of heightened paranoia.

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Prosecution paints Hays murder suspect as militant extremist

A Buda murder suspect representing himself in court was portrayed by prosecutors on Friday as a racist Christian extremist with a history of hatred.

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

HCSO extradites suspect in Buda murder

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...

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Police arrest suspect in Buda murder

Police in Branson, MO, arrested the man charged in the April murder of Steven Wayne Woelfel in Buda. Branson police took Mark David Simmons in a stand-off after identifying a vehicle matched to robberies in that area...

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Simmons charged with capital murder in Buda fire death

The Hays County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) has filed capital murder charges Mark David Simmons, 51, in the death of Steven Wayne Woelfel in Buda on April 17. District Court Judge Bill Henry signed the warrant this week.

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Sheriff IDs 'person of interest' in Buda fire death

The Hays County Sheriff's office has identified a person of interest in the death by fire of Steven Wayne Woelfel in Buda on April 17. The HCSO said Mark David Simmons, who is being sought, should be...