1960 Murder Trial Underway
EDINBURG – The murder trial for John Feit is underway in Hidalgo County. It’s the first time a suspect heads to trial in the decades-old murder of Irene Garza.
Opening arguments ended about an hour and a half ago and witnesses are already being called to the stand.
Feit walked down from a crowded hallway escorted by law enforcement through media and curious onlookers into a silent courtroom on Thursday.
The state’s prosecutor, Michael Garza, said this is going to be a case that takes people back in time to 1960. He told jurors the case is about betrayal, murder and a cover-up.
Garza provided alleged details about the timeline of Irene Garza’s death and the events leading up to Feit’s arrest. He ended the opening argument asking the jury to “open the eyes of their hearts to find John Feit guilty of murder.”
“Is what you’re trying to convince your heart of what your mind knows is true. You use that common sense in your heart and I ask each one of you to open the eyes of your heart and find John Feit guilty of murder,” he said.
The defense opened their arguments stressing the difference between a story and facts in the case saying John Feit is not guilty.
“I disagree with Mr. Garza. The finding of facts that you make may hurt your heart, and while I too ask you to bring your common sense to the courtroom, do not let your heart make those findings,” said Feit’s attorney, Rene Flores.
Flores said, “there wasn’t enough evidence then, there won’t be enough evidence now.”
The first witness was called up to the stand and asked about his background to set the timeframe for the jury.
The trial is still ongoing. Count on us to bring you the latest developments in the case.