Victim's Clothing Allowed As Evidence In Day Two Of John Feit Trial

EDINBURG, Texas - In day two of the John Feit trial members of the jury were shown pieces of evidence. It was done so despite an objection from the defense.

The defense's objection to the testimony of McAllen Police Evidence Technician Monica Ballesteros was because she was not the technician who recovered the evidence in April 1960.

Defense Attorney Rene Flores questioned the relevance of the pieces of evidence because none of the items had a sponsoring witness.

Presiding Judge Luis Singleterry overruled Flores' objection, and allowed Ballesteros to move forward with her testimony.

She showed jurors the clothes Irene Garza was wearing when she was found dead in a canal. They included her blouse, skirt, petticoat and purse.

Ballesteros also showed a viewfinder belonging to John Feit. Investigators found it after draining the canal where her body was found.

Monica Ballesteros also brought out the letters Feit had written. One of the letters sent was sent to the McAllen Police Department claiming ownership of the viewfinder.

Next week testimony of Dale Tacheny will be heard. He is the former monk who says Feit confessed the crime to him in 1963.

Currently the defense has not won many of their objections to the presentation of evidence or testimony. Day three will continue on Monday, December 4.


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