Trial Underway for Man Accused in Starr Co. Teen Murder Case

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EDINBURG – A trial is underway for a man accused of orchestrating the murder of a Starr County teen.

Witnesses were called to the stand to recall the details in the 2017 murder of Chayse Olivarez.

The defendant, Jose Luis Garcia Jr., kept a calm demeanor and rested his intertwined hands on the table.

Prosecutors are accusing Garcia of planning the murder four days before it happened.

The state attorneys are saying he paid another person, Philip Selvera, $10,000 to pull the trigger and then destroy the body so it couldn't be used for evidence.

On Tuesday, Olivarez's mother took the stand recalling the last day she saw her son.

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