25-Year-Old Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter in Zapata Death Case

3 years 5 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, June 06 2017 Jun 6, 2017 June 06, 2017 4:50 PM June 06, 2017 in News

ZAPATA – The Webb – Zapata District Attorney’s Office secured a guilty plea in a 2014 death investigation.

Alexis Diaz-Reyes, 25, pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter in Irvin Garza’s death case.

On Jan. 31, 2014, Diaz-Reyes, Guillermo Cantu and Irvin Garza left a party after an argument ensued and drove off in a gray Ford Expedition in Zapata.

According to a press release, Diaz-Reyes asked Cantu for the gun that Garza had revealed during the party. When attempting to unload the gun, it accidentally went off striking Garza.

Diaz-Reyes then noticed that Garza had blood on his body and that he was unresponsive.

He and Cantu decided to take Garza’s body to a ranch located in Bustamante. Both men dragged Garza out from the vehicle and into the brush before returning to Zapata.

The body was found in late March after Diaz-Reyes confessed during a video interview while he was detained for questioning.

Diaz-Reyes was sentenced to 15 years. 

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