Defense Requesting Access to Locations Involved in Cold Case

April 19, 2016

[with video]

MCALLEN – A former priest facing charges in a 1960 murder case appeared in court today for a pretrial hearing.

John Feit is accused of killing McAllen school teacher Irene Garza. Garza disappeared after going to confession at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Her body was found in a canal a week later.

In March, a judge set the 83-year-old’s bond at $1 million. Defense attorneys for Feit had filed for a bond reduction. However, the bond reduction wasn’t mentioned in this morning’s hearing.

Instead, defense attorney went over several other motions, which were all approved without any objections from prosecutors. They requested permission to examine all the physical evidence and get a copy of the witness list.

Feit’s attorneys asked the judge for a signed order granting them access to the church and the San Juan pastoral center. The defense lawyer said they were declined access earlier.

An order was signed giving the facilities until June 15 to allow the defense access to record video and take photos. Feit's next court date is set for May 16.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS will continue to bring you the very latest developments in this case.



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