Pretrial hearing for Zavala-Garcia moved

Pretrial hearing for Zavala-Garcia moved

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The pretrial hearing for accused murder Gustavo Zavala-Garcia has been moved.

Zavala-Garcia was originally set to appear in a Smith County courtroom on the morning of Jan. 9 for a pretrial hearing. However, the hearing has been moved. The next pretrial hearing will be held in March.

Zavala-Garcia was arrested and charged with the capital murder of 10-year-old Kayla Gomez-Orozco in November 2016. After she went missing from a Bullard church, an extensive search was conducted. Her body was found in a well on Zavala-Garcia’s property.

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During the the last pretrial hearing in October, Judge Jack Skeen said the court would order an additional mitochondrial testing if he received a joint hearing from both the state and the defense stating that it was needed. The additional testing has pushed back the trial date for Zavala-Garcia, which was previously set for March.

At this time, it appears the trial will not begin until sometime in May.

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