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Teacher’s killer -- former priest -- dies in prison
Teacher’s killer -- former priest -- dies in prison
Teacher’s killer -- former priest -- dies in prison

Teacher’s killer -- former priest -- dies in prison

EDINBURG -- This true-crime story sounded too far-fetched to be true when the case was first brought to trial in December of 2017. Yet, it was kind of hard to discredit witness testimony when it was coming from the well-respected local attorney Darrell Davis of the Mission-based law firm of King Guerra Davis & Garcia. Still, could it be true that the then-Hidalgo County district attorney and the Corpus Christi Catholic Diocese covered up the grisly murder and rape of a beautiful young woman -- McAllen teacher, former beauty queen Irene Garza -- in the early 1960s just to avoid a church scandal? Just let the killer walk away scotfree and leave the victim’s parents and family a total wreck in his wake? Sounded more like fiction than fact. Would the jury in what was to become this nation’s oldest cold-case murder convict then-85-year-old former Catholic Priest John Feit based on Davis’s testimony plus other evidence presented as the trial wound its way through that December? Turns out, it did; and now the convicted killer, John Feit, is dead as of last Thursday, Feb. 13, according to a statement released last week by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Preliminary cause of death cited: cardiac arrest. Indeed, old-school Attorney Darrell Davis was well known here when he took the stand approximately 27 months ago. He had been practicing law for the past 49 years; came from the generation that taught your word was your bond; so it was hard for Feit’s defense attorney to discredit the seasoned attorney’s court testimony as he laid out his story of corruption after taking the witness stand the first day of Feit’s trial. The question to the jury in Judge Luis Singleterry’s 92 nd state District Court was, at the time: Did the facts in this case prove beyond a reasonable doubt that then-85-year-old former priest John Feit rape and kill 25-year-old Irene Garza 57 years ago (1960) and then dump her body in a canal? For years, her family had claimed that they knew who Garza’s killer was – McAllen’s former Catholic Priest John Feit. McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez believed there was sufficient evidence to indict Feit, and so did some investigators assigned to the Texas Rangers cold-case squad. Still, the case never made it to trial until after a county grand jury indicted the former priest in 2016 for the murder of Irene Garza. At the ...

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