Inspection of Church Facilities Delayed in Irene Garza Murder Case

June 6, 2016

It will be at least another month before attorneys for former McAllen priest John Feit will be able to inspect two church sites in connection with the 56-year-old murder of beauty queen and school teacher Irene Garza.

During a court hearing Monday, prosecutors and defense attorneys told the judge itís taken longer than expected to coordinate the inspections. District Court Judge Luis Singleterry last month ruled defense attorneys could inspect the rectory of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and a building on the grounds of the Basilica in San Juan.

This undated photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff?s Office shows John Feit. The former priest has been arrested Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Arizona in the 1960 slaying of a 25-year-old Texas schoolteacher and beauty queen, Irene Garza. (Maricopa County Sheriff?s Office via AP)John Feit

The now 83-year-old Feit was indicted in February by a Hidalgo County grand jury, which said he sexually assaulted and suffocated Garza after she went to confession Easter weekend in 1960. He was then arrested at his home in suburban Phoenix. Feit remains jailed on a $750,000 bond.








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