Jury Selection Set to Begin in Trial of Decades-Old Cold Case Murder
EDINBURG – Jury selection in the trial of a former priest accused of murder will begin Tuesday.
John Feit is accused of killing Irene Garza in 1960.
On Monday, Judge Luis Singleterry briefed the media on protocol that’s to be followed throughout the duration of the trial.
Starting on Tuesday, no cameras will be allowed inside the courtroom. Once the trial begins, cellphones will be allowed but no live streaming or audio will be permitted.
Feit is accused of beating and suffocating the 25-year-old in April of 1960.
Garza’s body was found in a canal days after she was last seen going to confession at Sacred Heart Church in McAllen.
Feit was a priest at the church at the time.
Prosecutors said he was always a suspect in the case but there wasn’t enough evidence to arrest him until last year when he was taken into custody in Arizona.
Feit is currently being held at the Hidalgo County jail.
Jury selection is expected to last until Wednesday.