POSTED: Friday, February 28, 2014 - 5:02pm
UPDATED: Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 11:52am
EDINBURG, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — The family of Irene Garza is not happy with Hidalgo County district attorney Rene Guerra.
Garza's death was more than 50 years ago, and they say the district attorney won't go after the killer.
"We need to be able to have a review of this case with new eyes and people that don't have years of friction," said Linda De La Viña, Garza's first cousin.
Garza was murdered and dumped in a canal near McAllen in 1963.
It was a cold case until 2002, when Dale Tacheny stepped forward and said a priest confessed to a murder decades-back when Tacheny was a priest. The family says the confession came from the murderer, John Feit.
Guerra's district attorney's office brought the case before a grand jury; with no resulting charges.
"A grand jury looked at the whole investigation, including Tacheny's audiotaped interview," Guerra said. "He can't document it, he can't prove it. And I'm not going to take that kind of witness to the stand."
The family says it's bringing the story to the forefront now because of the media spotlight. The story became a CNN documentary last year and the program 48 Hours will air a special on Saturday night.
Also, Guerra's in a heated race to hold onto the district attorney's office. And the election's this Tuesday.
"It's been extremely difficult, if not impossible to feel there has been any justice done on this case," De La Viña said.
Garza's family is backing the challenger Ricardo Rodriguez, and say they have not been paid by the Rodriguez campaign. They say Rodriguez has merely promised to review the case should he win.
Tacheny says he's only come forward recently after withholding the information for decades because the church asked him to.
"That's the way it was. The priest was a guy that was supposedly knew all," Tacheny said. "What the priest said, that was gospel. That was it."