Allowing the trial to continue, 415th District Court Judge Graham Quisenberry found that Mayfield’s absence was voluntary and intentional.
“I have never had a jury trial during which the defendant was not present,” Rhodes said. “It was an unusual dynamic during closing argument to not be able to turn and talk directly to and about the person accused of some really horrible things.”
Mayfield had been located and was in custody Wednesday afternoon, according to DuBoise.
Mayfield will not be eligible for parole until 2043, according to the Parker County District Attorney’s Office.