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Court Documents: San Juan suspect confesses to murder

Mateo Fabian Garza appears before a judge at the San Juan Municipal Court Saturday afternoon. Garza was charged with murder, a first-degree felony, in connection with the death of 41-year-old Melinda Ann Garza. (Source: KGBT Photo)

New details in a story that we’ve been following since Friday.

Mateo Fabian Garza, the suspect in the murder of Melinda Garza, admitted to killing her the following day.

This all took place on the 700 block of Shufford Street on Friday night around 8:15 p.m.

According to the court documents, a family member called police, concerned that she didn’t hear from her mother because the mother’s boyfriend had a history of drugs and alcohol.

Another woman, according to the documents, also came by and claimed that she was concerned too because she was supposed to meet Melinda at the Pharr theatre but never arrived.

The documents stated the family member who called police didn’t have a key but gave police permission to enter the home. Pop-A-Lock didn’t open the front door and instead went to the rear door, according to the documents.

The records show that when they opened the door all lights were off. Police went through the house and everything was ok until they reached the last bedroom door. However, door was locked.

Police said they heard movement in the room, gave a verbal command for the person’s to come out, heard a male voice that they were “I am getting a jacket.”

When police asked Mateo, who else was in house, according to the records, he said, “I don’t know man I was hiding right now. I don’t know, there’s someone covered.”

Police later located a body in the bedroom facing down and was unresponsive. An ambulance was called and the victim didn’t have a pulse, according to the documents.

Mateo was then taken into custody by police. According to the report, police found in his possession an ATM card belonging to the victim.

Through course of the investigation, police said, he was seen was being dropped off at 6 p.m. the day before and Melinda arrived at 7 p.m. The record stated that the two were never seen leaving residence.

During questioning, Mateo told police he didn’t know what happened because, “he had been doing crack cocaine.”

The documents stated that the autopsy confirmed cause of death as strangulation and blunt force trauma to the head.

Ultimately, police said that Mateo confessed to the murder of Melinda Garza.

Bond for Mateo has been set at $2.5 million.

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