Days Before His Murder Trial For Killing His Girlfriend, Kevin 'Mike' Waguespack Fled
Waguespack reportedly showed up for all his required meetings until October 19. He was supposed to appear in court that day for a final hearing before the trial began — but he didn't. No one has seen or heard from him since.
AUSTIN, TX — Just after 2 A.M. on November 17, 2015, Kevin “Mike” Waguespack called 911. He announced that he had just killed a woman named Catherine Dyer, 31, who also happened to be his girlfriend with whom he shared a home in Austin. Waguespack then hightailed it to Mississippi.
Within 24 hours, Adams County authorities confronted Waguespack and, after a brief standoff, arrested the suspect and readied him to be returned to Texas to be charged with murder.
It all seemed to be a horrible end for an apparent love story that began when Mike and Catherine first met as teenagers working at a movie theater in the small Texas town of Katy.
A friend, who does not wish to be identified, reflected on Catherine after she died, saying, “She was incredibly kind and generous. She would give you the shirt off her back. She was always there to help you if you need the help. I don’t think I saw her ever turn anybody away.” Catherine also loved animals and was described by colleagues as a “talented programmer.”
It’s still not exactly known when their relationship took such a deadly dire turn.
A pair of other friends, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, told the press they were the last to see Mike and Catherine together — and the first to discover Catherine’s body.
One of those friends said, “The house was horrific. The level of destruction — I’ve never seen like that in my life. I don’t know what was more disturbing, the destruction of the house or the room where we found Catherine. It was insane. I’ve never seen that much rage come from a mortal human being ever in my life…. [Mike]’s a scary, angry, angry man.”
Investigators ultimately determined that Catherine was murdered the day before Mike Waguespack called 911.
In the meantime, Waguespack was booked and offered $250,000 bond. Seven months later, he was able to bail himself out, and he was court-ordered to wear a GPS ankle-monitor.
Waguespack’s attorney petitioned Travis County Judge Tamara Needles to remove the tracking device for work purposes. Assistant District Attorney James Booher strongly objected, but, on April 12, 2017, Judge Needles approved Waguespack taking off the monitor.
A friend of Catherine Dyers’ told a reporter, “I couldn’t believe it when I heard it, especially since he already fled. You would think that would be the first sign to make you think twice before taking off something like a GPS monitor.”
The company that posted Waguespack’s bond, in turn, claims it had never been notified about the GPS removal.
Waguespack’s trial was set for October 23. Over the next six months, Waguespack reportedly showed up for all his required meetings until October 19. He was supposed to appear in court that day for a final hearing before the trial began — but he didn’t. No one has seen or heard from him since.
Critics quickly denounced Judge Needles’ decision to allow Waguespack to remove his ankle monitor. Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore said, “These are decisions that judges make and they make them without any real accountability…. It’s extremely disappointing and it’s not the way the system should work. We have a duty here to seek justice and we take that extremely seriously.”
Catherine’s friend also had harsh words for Judge Needles, saying, “I don’t know what her agenda was, but it was not justice for Catherine. She all but drove him to the bus station, essentially, in my mind and none of this should have happened.”
The U.S. Marshals Service is in pursuit of Waguespack. He is wanted for his original charge of murder and now, in addition, bond violation.
TRAITS & CHARACTERISTICS:
- Weight: 185 pounds
- Height: 5 feet 10 inches
- Sex: Male
- Race: Caucasian
- Hair: Brown
- Eyes: Brown
- Date of birth: July 30, 1983
- Last seen: October 23, 2017
- Location last seen: Austin, Texas
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