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Jury selected, trial begins for Pete Garcia

A jury of nine women and three men was seated late Monday afternoon in the trial of a man who is charged with the murder of Orestes (West) Garza of Levelland.

Pedro (Pete) Garcia, Jr. of Levelland is accused of the fatal shooting of Garza on Feb. 7, 2016 in Lubbock.

Defense attorney Dan Hurley questioned prospective jurors about such issues as sudden passion during the selection process. The defendant allegedly shot the victim as he walked outside of St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church.

If convicted, Garcia could be sentenced to a maximum of 99 years in prison for the first degree offense.

The trial, which resumes at 9 a.m. Tuesday, could last more than a week, according to court officials. Garcia is being tried before 364th District Judge William Eichmann in Lubbock.

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