Latest In Laura Garza Case
POSTED: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - 9:53pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:33am
It's been six months since Mission Native, Laura Garza went missing in New York City.
Investigators continue to search for her, but prosecutors have been handed a setback.
For months, investigators say they have been trying to find enough evidence to charge 23-year old, Michale Melee with Garza's disapparance.
Just Yesterday, a New York judge tossed out some of that evidence.
Orange County Court, Judge Nicolas Derosa tossed out stolen credit and debit cards seized at the home of registered sex offender, Michael Mele.
The cards were taken in as evidence, as investigators searched for clues in the disapparance of 25-year old Garza.
So far, Mele's never been charged with anything pertaining to Garza.
Judge Derosa's said in a written statement, that the credit and debit cards didn't constitute as evidence in the Garza case.
Prosecutors are expected to argue, in hopes the judge will overturn his decision.
Mele was indicted on two felony counts of criminal possession of stolen property, and faces separate charges for failing to register as a sex offender.
Mele is currently staying in Orange County jail, where he's been since December 6th, just three days after being seen leaving popular New York City night club, "Marquee".
Judge Derosa gave the District Attorney's office until Monday to submit written arguments to make credit and debit cards valid in the case.