Jurors watch white supremacist murder suspect confess to killing
April 3, 2012 | by SEAN KIMMONS, San Marcos Mercury
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.
In a videotaped interview with Hays County Sheriff’s Office detectives, Mark Simmons said he shot Steven Woelfel while he stayed at Woelfel’s home in the 1100 block of Live Oak Loop in April 2010.
Simmons, 52, spent about a week at the home planning his next move before he stashed the body in the garage and set it on fire. The Rockport resident, who is representing himself, has pleaded not guilty, claiming that years of U.S. government surveillance altered his state of mind at the time of the killing.
On Monday, presiding Judge Bill Henry hinted to jurors that the slow-paced trial could run into next week.
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