The tattered outfit and purse of a Texas Beauty queen killed in 1960 were shown in court on Friday in the trial of the former Catholic priest accused of killing her.
A crime scene technician looked over the personal affects of Irene Garza, 25, to help the state in their prosecution of 85-year-old John Feit.
Garza, a schoolteacher and Miss All South Texas Sweetheart 1958, disappeared on Easter weekend in April 1960 and was found dead in a canal five days later.
The personal affects of 25-year-old Beauty queen, Irene Garza (left) were shown in the second hearing for John Feit, 85, (right) on Friday who is accused of beating and strangling her in 1960
Garza, a schoolteacher and Miss All South Texas Sweetheart 1958, disappeared on Easter weekend in April 1960 and was found dead in a canal five days later. But her shoe and purse (pictured) were found before her body
She was last seen at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen, where Feit was a visiting priest, for confession with him.
Garza's shoe and purse were found first before her body was. An autopsy revealed that she had been raped while unconscious and then beaten and asphyxiated.
Monica Ballesteros, of the McAllen Police Department, opened the evidence which were all in packages obtained from law enforcement in 1960.
She was last seen at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen, where Feit was a visiting priest, for confession with him
Authorities questioned the then-27-year-old priest who had scratches on his hand and failed a lie detector test. He was later ruled out as a suspect after church officials allegedly pressured police to leave him alone, according to the Houston Chronicle .
Two priests revealed that Feit admitted killing Garza. The re-opened case sparked a grand jury probe in 2004, but Feit was never indicted due to a lack of new evidence (Pictured, Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen, Texas where Feit worked and where Garza was last seen)
Included was a petticoat, a blouse, one shoe, a belt and a black purse that had been brought up by two witnesses on the first day of the hearing on Thursday.
Juan Gonzalez, 65, testified that he tried to return the purse to the church rectory as a young boy of eight or seven-years-old at the time in 1960. But he claimed that John Feit took the purse and shut the door in his face,
Gonzales would not