One of the defendants charged with capital murder in the 2017 death of a Rio Grande City teenager was released from jail last week.
Jose Luis Garcia Jr., 18, had previously been released on bond in November 2018 after pleading not guilty to murder and charges related to the disposal of Chayse Olivarez’s remains. However, in April, the 229th Judicial District Attorney’s Office announced new evidence led a grand jury to indict Garcia with capital murder and tampering with evidence in a superseding indictment.
Garcia pleaded not guilty to the upgraded charges before visiting Judge Rogelio Valdez on April 18 and his attorney, Ricardo “Rick” Salinas, requested that Garcia’s previous bond be reinstated.
On May 7, Valdez agreed to do so by signing an order reinstating the bond and later signing an order to release Garcia on May 14.
Previously set for June, the trial is now scheduled for Aug. 5 in the 398th District Court in Hidalgo County.
Last week, the case of Sebastian Torres, 17, who is also charged with capital murder in Olivarez’s death, was ordered to be transferred to Hidalgo County as well.
The case of Salvador Martinez, 20, who was charged with tampering with physical evidence, was transferred to Hidalgo County in August 2018 and is scheduled to go to trial in September.
However, the case of Phillip Selvera, 18, who was also charged with capital murder, is currently set for an October trial in Starr County.