Scottsdale ex-priest to be extradited to Texas for 1960 death of beauty queen
March 8, 2016
|In this April 24, 2003, photo, Herlinda de la Vina holds a portrait of her niece, Irene Garza, the 25-year-old Texas schoolteacher and beauty queen in Edinburg, Texas, who was murdered in McAllen, Texas in 1960. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Department arrested 83-year-old John Feit, former priest, on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in the slaying of Garza.|
|Full frontal shot of John Feit in 1960, who has long been the prime suspect in the murder of Irene Garza, a 25-year-old schoolteacher in McAllen. Feit was 27 at the time and working as a Catholic priest at Ms. Garza's church, Sacred Heart, on the Easter weekend when she disappeared after going to confession.|
|John Feit, a former priest, is prime suspect in 1960 murder in McAllen, Texas, of young woman named Irene Garza. She went to him for confession on the night before Easter, vanished and was soon found dead in a canal near the church. The DA in Texas does not want to prosecute him, which enrages police and victim's family. There are now priests and former priests who worked with Mr. Feit who are admitting now that there was a cover up and that Mr. Feit had confessed to them about the murder. Mr. Feit, 72, is pictured outside a building at a Vincent de Paul Center in Phoenix, where he was worked for years. He is married and has grown children.|
|McAllen, Texas - Irene Garza was last seen giving confession to Father John Feit at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in April of 1960. She was 25. Three days later she was found dead. The murder case has been reopened by McAllen police and the Texas Rangers, and Mr. Feit, no longer a priest, is a suspect |
|Irene Garza was last seen giving confession to Father John Feit at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in April of 1960. She was 25. Three days she was found dead. The murder case has been reopened by McAllen police and the Texas Rangers, and Mr. Feit, no longer a priest, is a suspect. Her grave is in Valley Memorial Gardens in McAllen.|
EDINBURG, Texas - Authorities say an 83-year-old Arizona man accused of killing a Texas teacher and ex-beauty queen when he was a young priest in 1960 is set to be extradited to Texas.
McAllen Police say its officers as well as members of the Texas Department of Public Safety Ranger Service expect to take John Feit into custody on Wednesday in Phoenix and fly him to South Texas. He will be booked into the Hidalgo County Jail in Edinburg.
A news conference is scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday in Edinburg after Feit’s return.
Feit was arrested in Scottsdale on Feb. 9 after he was indicted in Hidalgo County for the killing of Irene Garza, a 25-year-old school teacher.
Authorities allege the then-27-year-old Feit killed Garza after hearing her confession.