GUILTY: John Feit convicted of Irene Garza murder

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 8, 2017

John Bernard Feit enters the 92nd state District Court before the.

A former priest has been found guilty of murder in the 1960 slaying of a South Texas teacher and one-time beauty queen who was a member of the parish he served.

The verdict came after five days of hearing witness testimony and several hours of deliberation today.

The school teacher's body was found in a canal in April 1960.

Feit, who showed little emotion when the verdict was read, asked that the jury decide his punishment. After she was reported missing, her body was discovered in a canal five days later, and an autopsy report concluded she'd been beaten, raped and asphyxiated.

The jury got the case early this afternoon after closing arguments presented by the prosecution and defense. He's accused of suffocating Irene Garza after she went to confession at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen.

Feit's attorney argues there's insufficient evidence to convict the former priest.

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