Man charged with 2011 unsolved murder

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by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News and KVUE.com

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Posted on April 8, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 8 at 6:37 PM

AUSTIN -- A man accused of nearly killing a woman in Hays County last year is now charged with murder in a case that had been unsolved.

Willie Griffin, 47, has been in jail in Hays County, charged with murder, a first degree felony.

According to his arrest affidavit, on July 6, 2011, firefighters responded to a brush fire along Springdale Road. Investigators found a woman's body burned along with a plastic bottle of charcoal lighter fluid.

The woman was identified as 26-year-old Elizabeth Sara Escobar.

Investigators were able to find video from a nearby HEB store which shows Griffin filling up a gas can.

Authorities linked Griffin to that attack, after another attack on an Austin woman that took place on March 15, 2012.

O'Neesha Scott was seen crawling along Highway 290 near the Hays/Blanco County line. She was naked and struggling to survive. Detectives believed her injuries were similar to Escobar's.

Griffin fled to Florida after the March 15 attack, but was picked up on an outstanding parole warrant. Authorities extradited him back to Hays County where they have him in custody.

Travis County Sheriff's deputies held a news conference Monday. At the news conference, family members cried, remembering Escobar for the happy memories and not the gruesome way she suffered before her death.

"It's angering. It's so upsetting people like this can walk the streets and they can do this," said Escobar's cousin Trish Rivera said. "It's just so sad. It's just so sad how it happened. It's good he's in jail but nothing is going to bring her back."

Escobar's father said his daughter left behind two young sons. 

"To my two grandsons who are left motherless, if you're watching this, you've grown, you learned to use the Internet and you're starting to ask questions," Alan Scarborough said. "If I'm still around, call me. What I want you two boys to know is your mother loved you and I know as she fought for her life she was fighting desperately to get back to y'all two." 

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