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Murder suspect Zavala-Garcia back in court; defense requests more DNA testing

Zavala-Garcia is accused of killing Kayla Gomez-Orozco, 10, in November 2016
Accused murder Gustavo Zavala-Garcia appears Thursday in Judge Jack Skeen's courtroom. He's...
Accused murder Gustavo Zavala-Garcia appears Thursday in Judge Jack Skeen's courtroom. He's accused of killing Kayla Gomez-Orozco, 10, in November 2016. (Blake Holland/KLTV Multimedia Journalist)
Published: Apr. 18, 2019 at 11:11 AM CDT
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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Accused murderer Gustavo Zavala-Garcia was back in court Thursday morning.

The defense was there to request additional testing on certain hairs collected from the skirt and T-shirt of 10-year-old Kayla Gomez-Orozco.

Judge Jack Skeen says the court felt more testing was important. An expert testifying by phone says if the hairs are sent back to the University of North Texas, the testing will take anywhere from four to six months to complete.

Zavala-Garcia is charged with capital murder after Gomez-Orozco’s body was found in a well on his property in November 2016. The girl had gone missing from a Bullard church.

A trial date could be set for sometime in July.

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