Day Two Of John Feit Murder Trial Brings Witness Testimony From Former Co-Worker

EDINBURG, Texas - The murder trial against former priest John Feit wraps up its second day.

On day two there was testimony from two witnesses who described strange encounters with the defendant.

Beatrice Garcia who lived near Sacred Heart Church said that John Feit had asked to photograph her in front of a cemetery, dressed in black clothing.

Beatrice Garcia was in her twenties in 1960. She told jurors a man drove up next to her to tell her those words as she walked near the church. She quickly identified that man to jurors as John Feit. She said she always had her father walk her to work after the incident.

A former Sacred Heart Church cook said she too felt uncomfortable around the defendant. She said Feit would joke with other priests about making her disappear.

77-year-old Tilly Sanchez said she took John Feit’s remarks as a joke. She also told jurors he never touched her or followed her down to the rectory basement. However there was one particular incident with Feit she remembers made her feel scared. Sanchez remembers Feit telling her “Tilly you’re next honey.”

Other witness who testified included Irene Garza’s old classmate Ana Marie Hollingsworth. She told the court about a conversation with Irene where the victim told her she couldn’t finish confession when she went to church because the new priest would pull her out and make her go into the rectory to finish confession.

The trial will resume on Monday, December 4.


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