Jury Selection in Ex-Priest’s Murder Trial to Begin Monday

This undated photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office shows John Feit. The former priest has been arrested Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Arizona in the 1960 slaying of a 25-year-old Texas schoolteacher and beauty queen, Irene Garza. (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

by Elizabeth Ruiz


Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the Hidalgo County  murder trial of an elderly former priest.

John Feit is accused of beating and suffocating  a teacher and ex-beauty queen in 1960.  Twenty-five-year-old Irene Garza was found dead in a canal five days after going to confession at a church in McAllen where Feit was a visiting priest.

Feit, who was 27-years-old at the time, was questioned, but ruled out as a suspect. The 84-year-old was arrested last year at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, and returned to Texas.

He denies any involvement in Garza’s  death.

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