Man Charged In Monica's Murder


A suspect has been charged in the February murder of Monica Partida. Jerry Garza, 41, was already in the Wichita County Jail on 2 aggravated assault charges. He has been considered a person of interest throughout the investigation.

Wichita Falls Interim Police Chief Manuel Borrego said, "An investigation by our detective division and also some forensic DNA returned and implicated Jerry Garza in this murder."

Monica Partida, 32, was found dead in her home on Ave. C and Britain St. February 9, 2012 after family members called 9-1-1 to have police check on her. Investigators said she died by violent homicidal means.

Garza was already in jail, on a 1 million dollar bond, after a fight outside a club last November. In the arrest affidavit, Monica is listed as one of the witnesses to the assault. The affidavit also said she and Garza had been dating, and he threatened her after they broke up.

Borrego said, "He was a person of interest because he was currently her boyfriend at the time or had a relationship with her." Garza was picked up on the Assault charges, just weeks after Partida's murder.

Partida's family has been notified of the new charges. Garza now faces an additional 2.5 million dollar bond.

Stay with Newschannel 6 as we continue to follow this investigation.

Jack Lamson, Newschannel 6