MCALLEN – Hidalgo County officials announced there are new facts and evidence in the 1960 murder of Irene Garza.
During a press conference this afternoon, Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez said the information will be presented at the appropriate time in court.
Garza’s body was found in a canal in April 1960. She was last seen five days earlier at Sacred Heart Church in McAllen. John Feit was a priest at the time. He was long considered a person of interest.
Two people claim Feit confessed to killing Garza. Last month, an Hidalgo County grand jury indicted him in the case.
In today’s press conference, McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said, “We have been very clear at the city of McAllen Police Department that we’ve always believed there was probable cause for John Feit to face charges in the death of Irene Garza.”
Feit left the priesthood decades ago and now lives in Arizona. After his arrest last month, he waived his right to an extradition hearing.
The district attorney said Feit was transported from Arizona to Texas earlier today. County officials said they’ll hold another press conference once Feit is booked into the county jail.
“We do believe is the principal tenants of our Constitution and the judicial system that one is innocent until proven guilty. However, we are confident that after a jury here's all of the facts and evidence, we will get past the threshold of beyond a reasonable doubt,” Rodriguez said.
The suspect is 83 years old. Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra said medical staff will evaluate Feit to determine if he’ll need to be monitored in an infirmary.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS will continue to bring you the very latest developments in the case.