By JACOB LOPEZ
AUSTIN – It will have been more than one year since the death of Elizabeth Garcia Tamez of San Benito when the accused is set to stand trial.
According to the Austin Police Department, the trial for Jesus Juan Tamez, the victim’s husband, is set for January. Both the victim and the suspect are from San Benito and moved to Austin in 1996.
At approximately 7:50 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, authorities arrived at the scene on the 6100 block of Boxcar Run in Austin. Police there found the body of Garcia Tamez in the living room. Jesus Juan Tamez was described as being unresponsive and in a “catatonic” state upon officers’ arrival.
According to a Travis County arrest affidavit, Jesus Juan Tamez was seen standing outside the couple’s home when EMS arrived. They observed blood on his clothing, but he did not appear to have any injuries.
Though it was originally believed that Garcia Tamez may have been shot to death, it was later discovered that she had died of blunt force trauma.
The affidavit further states that there was evidence of blunt force trauma and “a significant number of sharp edged injuries to the body of the decedent,” as well as “signs of defensive wounds to the hands and extremities.”
The affidavit also reads that “an edged weapon was … located within the residence.”
Police used Leuco Crystal Violet (LCV), an agent used by law enforcement agencies to identify bloodstains that cannot otherwise be seen. Investigators applied the LCV to the kitchen sink basin and on both bathroom sinks.
According to the affidavit, “the application resulted in positive results for blood in all areas, primarily the kitchen sink basin.”
Authorities found additional blood evidence on the living room floor “moving away from the decedent towards the front entry point. All blood evidence was noted as dry, according to Det. (Rogelio) Sanchez.” This led investigators to believe that “Garcia Tamez had been deceased much earlier than when Jesus Juan Tamez notified 911.”
Travis County Deputy Medical Examiner, Dr. Kendall Crowns MD, determined that Garcia Tamez died as a result of “blunt force trauma to the head.” He also noted “sharp forced injuries,” and ruled it a homicide.
The affidavit states that Dr. Jeffrey Tse described Jesus Juan Tamez as “unresponsive,” and in a “catatonic state,” and that he would be admitted for observation.
It was also determined after “computed tomography scans,” and “various drug screens,” that the suspect did not indicate any injuries and that he was not under the influence of any drugs.
Furthermore, it’s reported that this wasn’t the first time APD was called to the Tamez home. On Jan. 22, 2012, Garcia Tamez alleged that her husband had pointed a gun at her and “she feared for her life.” A protective order was issued the day after, but it expired March 25, 2012.
Juan Jesus Tamez has since been charged with first-degree murder. Last reports have also indicated that the suspect remains in police custody on $1 million bond.