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Both sides rest in South Texas murder trial of ex-priest

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) - Both sides have rested in the murder trial of a former priest accused of killing a Texas woman in 1960.

The defense rested Wednesday without 85-year-old John Feit testifying on his own behalf. Feit is accused of suffocating Irene Garza in April 1960 after she went to confession at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen.

Closing arguments are scheduled for Thursday morning.

Prosecution witnesses have testified that the sheriff and district attorney of that time, along with church officials, conspired to keep Feit from having to face justice for the killing. Jurors heard from a former monk and a former reporter who interviewed Feit's supervisor at Sacred Heart, now dead, that Feit had admitted he killed Garza.

Feit's attorney contends evidence is insufficient to convict Feit.

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