Graeme Zielinski - Express-News
Julia Garza had hoped to move out of her Northwest Side mobile home park and, with her two young children, away from an estranged husband she increasingly feared, prosecutors and her best friend said in court Wednesday.
But on July 9, 2006, the friend called police and, breaking down the door, they found Garza strangled in the tub of the guest bathroom of the home, in the 11500 block of FM 471.
That was the same room that, just hours before, David Garza had blocked her from entering, Virginia Gonzales told a Bexar County jury during his murder trial.
After objections by defense lawyer David Garcia, 227th District Court Judge Philip Kazen excluded Gonzales' testimony about what she said Julia Garza had told her — that David Garza had hidden in a closet and tried to choke her just days before the slaying, and that he had threatened to kill her if she ever tried to leave.
Gonzales said she drove over to Julia Garza's after some phone calls went unreturned. When Garza did not come to the door, Gonzales called police and drove a short distance away.
When she returned, she told the jury, David Garza was there, acting “fidgety and nervous.” She said he allowed her to check the house, but blocked the guest bathroom, claiming he had been doing drugs there. On her way out, Gonzales said, she saw a bloodstained towel.