Trial Of Former Priest Wraps Up First Day

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The murder trial against a former Catholic priest wraps up its first day.

85-year-old John Feit is accused of killing Irene Garza 57 years ago. It was an emotional first day of testimony in this case. The jurors learned a little more of who Irene truly was. On the stand this afternoon Irene Garza’s godsister, Sylvia Acevedo Stern.

With tears coming down her face, she described to jurors the fear surrounding Irene’s disappearance on April 16, 1960. Others on the stand included 77-year-old Darrell Davis. Davis is a McAllen lawyer and former reporter who covered the case when it first broke.

Just weeks before Irene was killed Feit was accused of assaulting another young woman by the name of Maria America Guerra.

During his testimony Davis told jurors the district attorney at the time told him and other reporters, that he would not prosecute Feit for the murder of Irene Garza, because the Catholic Church told him they would take care of Feit. Instead, the defendant went on to plead no contest and was sent off to a monastery for troubled priests.

Others on the witness list who may testify in the case include McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez and Forensic Pathologist Norma Jean Farley.

As News Center 23 first reported, evidence of an alleged confession by John Feit to another priest about the murder will be allowed in the trial.

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