KENOSHA -- A Kenosha County judge set bond for accused killer Javier Garcia at $1 million on Thursday, October 11th. 52-year-old Garcia is charged with first-degree intentional homicide for allegedly killing 26-year-old Lisa Mezera, and could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted.
Mezera’s body was found in a cemetery in the Town of Somers on August 19th. She was left abandoned, hit on the head and choked to death.
Garcia has been in custody in the Kenosha County Jail since August 20th. Detectives say he knew Mezera and was the last person to see her alive.
Garcia arrived in court on Thursday handcuffed and shackled. He sat in court with his attorney who tried persuading the judge for a low cash bond in the hopes of getting Garcia out of jail.
""He is clearly not in a position to post $1 million or $500,000. We've asked the court to set a significantly lower bond in the amount of $50,000," Garcia's attorney said.
The judge didn't buy that argument. Instead, he set Garcia's bond at $1 million.
The victim's father, Ron Mezera, is confident the evidence against Garcia will help his family move on.
"What he's done and what he's accused of doing is unmentionable for somebody who was supposedly a friend and a co-worker," Mezera said.
Sergeant Bill Beth with the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department says DNA evidence reassured investigators that Garcia is the primary suspect.
Until Garcia’s initial appearance on Thursday, investigators held him on probation and parole violations. They used that time to process evidence in the Mezera case.
Both the prosecution and the defense in this case agree Garcia and Mezera were together at some point the night of Mezera's death. However, because there were no eyewitnesses to the crime, Garcia's attorney argued all the evidence against Garcia is circumstantial.
Garcia is due back in court next week.
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