7OnScene: Zavala-Garcia back in court for pre-trial hearing

7OnScene: Zavala-Garcia back in court for pre-trial hearing
Kayla's body was found in Zavala-Garcia's well on his property. (Source: Family)
Kayla's body was found in Zavala-Garcia's well on his property. (Source: Family)

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Accused murderer Gustavo Zavala-Garcia will be back in a Smith County Courtroom on July 12.

Zavala-Garcia is accused of killing a 10-year-old, Kayla Gomez-Orozco, in November 2016. After she went missing from church, an extensive search was conducted. Her body was found in a well on Zavala-Garcia's property.

His Pre-trial hearing in March was postponed due to the need for further DNA testing. At that time, Smith County District Attorney DA Matt Bingham. said that The Texas Department of Public Safety said that the forensic testing should be completed by the end of July.

Bingham said that he thinks DNA will be a crucial aspect of this case.

Both prosecutors and the defense team agreed that February 2019 would be an ideal time for the start of the trial, giving them enough time to review the forensic testing once completed and allowing ample time between another capital murder trial scheduled for October 2019.

Zavala Garcia has been in the Smith County Jail awaiting trial for almost a year and a half. Some of that time was spent in solitary after he climbed onto a basketball goal and refused to come down.

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Jury selection is set to begin on Aug. 30 at 9 a.m. in Judge Jack Skeen's Courtroom.

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