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Austin Suspect Still Missing Hours Before His Trial

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AUSTIN — A man accused killing his girlfriend is still missing as of Monday morning. He got missed just hours before when his murder trial is scheduled at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center.

The suspect, Kevin Michael Waguespack,34, has been missing since Thursday when he did not show up for his final pretrial hearing. Investigators worked through the weekend to track him down but have yet to find him.

Police say Waguespack killed his girlfriend, Catherine Dyer, on November 16, 2015.

If investigators can catch Waguespack in enough time to get him to the courthouse by 9 a.m., he can still face the murder charge as scheduled. If not, the trial will be delayed, but not forgotten, the District Attorney’s Office tells.

A delay would cost the county thousands of dollars, as the Travis County District Attorney’s Office would have to re-book flights for out-of-town witnesses, to say nothing of law enforcement and overtime costs. It would likely delay the proceedings a month or more.

Waguespack has been out on $250,000 bail since June 2016, and earlier this year a judge removed the GPS monitor he had been ordered to wear. That decision came after his attorney filed a motion to remove the device “due to employment concerns,” court records show. Waguespack also had to surrender his passport and not travel outside Travis County.

Now, the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force and private investigators working for the bail bondsman that put up the money to get him out of jail are searching for him.

Dyer’s family members are driving in for the trial from Houston and Oklahoma. Her sister, Tinah King, and her mother, Beverly Dyer told last week they don’t think he should have been out of jail in the first place.

“It is not a justice system for Catherine,” Beverly Dyer said, “it is a justice system for the person that killed Catherine.”

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