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Former Texas priest charged in 1960 murder case

February 10, 2016

A former Catholic priest, now living in Arizona, has been arrested and charged with the murder of a young woman in Texas more than 55 years ago.

In 1960, Irene Garza disappeared after going to confession at a church in McAllen, Texas. The priest who heard her confession, John Feit, was the only suspect, and circumstantial evidence pointed in his direction, but local prosecutors did not bring criminal charges against him-- until now.  

A newly elected district attorney, who had made the unresolved murder case a prominent part of his campaign, filed charges against the former priest. According to a story in the Texas Monthly, the case against Feit centers on testimony from another ex-priest, who says that Feit described the crime to him. Another key witness-- a fellow priest who said that he saw scratches on Feit's hands on the night after Irene Garza was killed-- is now dead.


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