BROWNSVILLE, Texas (ValleyCentral) — Day two of the Anthony Eliff murder trial revealed phone records and letters where Eliff admitted to shooting Guillermo Garcia, also known as Willie G., in the heart on February 6, 2020.
The trial is taking place at the Cameron County Courthouse where attorneys revealed another key piece of evidence in the murder.
The Cameron County District Attorney’s Office picked up where they left off Tuesday evening cross-examining Harlingen police detective Joel Yanez, who investigated the Garcia.
A video presented yesterday in court shows Eliff giving his statement to Detective Yanez saying a man known as “monkey” shot and killed Garcia.
Today the state presented Eliff’s phone records and text messages that showed arguments between Eliff and Alex Hernandez, the homeowner Eliff and Garcia rented rooms from. He allegedly kicked them out of his home five days prior to the shooting in front of his house.
Also shown to the jury were letters that Eliff wrote from jail to family and friends telling them he pulled the trigger that killed an unarmed Garcia because he feared for his life.
Garcia was found dead in a car with a gunshot wound to his chest.
Harlingen police investigators say the fatal killing was over a parking spot at a home on the 3300 block of Adams Landing, which is a neighborhood off North Loop 499 and 13th Street. Eliff and Garcia allegedly rented rooms from the house but had been kicked out by the homeowner before the shooting.
Potential jurors were summoned to the Cameron County Courthouse on Monday where 100 of them were selected for the jury pool. It took attorneys only two hours to impanel the jury made up of mostly women.
Opening statements were made Tuesday morning before 107th State District Judge Ben Euresti Jr. Eliff is being represented by Aaron Rendon.
The case is being prosecuted by assistant district attorneys Arturo Teniente and Avery Benitez. Teniente gave the opening statement on Tuesday.
Defense attorneys and the assistant district attorneys both presented photographs of the crime scene and a key piece of evidence – video from a nest doorbell camera that captured the shooting from a home across the street.
The trial is expected to last all week.
Eliff is also accused in the murder of Elyn Loera from Corpus Christi in 2019. Her body was found in a shallow grave behind a San Benito home owned by a relative of Eliff. No trial date has been set in that case.
(Digital content manager Alejandra Yanez contributed to this report.)