Man arrested for 2016 death

Jan. 10, 2018 at 10:21 p.m.
Updated Jan. 11, 2018 at 6 a.m.

Jesse Bozarth

Jesse Bozarth   contributed photo for The Victoria Advocate

Jesse Bozarth was arrested Saturday by the Victoria Police Department in connection with a 2016 death along the railroad tracks near downtown Victoria.

Bozarth, 27, was charged with murder in the death of 50-year-old Benito Garcia, according to a Victoria Police Department news release.

Garcia was found dead by Victoria police near a railroad bridge the morning of Sept. 28, 2016.

Officers responded about 4:40 a.m. to the 500 block of North Navarro Street, near the intersection of East Stayton Avenue, after receiving a call reporting a "man down."

A stain about 6 inches in diameter of what appeared to be dried blood-coated gravel and parts of the railroad tie in the area where police investigated until about 2 p.m. that day.

Detectives treated the death as a murder rather than a homicide after the initial investigation showed Garcia did not die of natural causes. Police were unable to release Wednesday what relation Bozarth had to Garcia or how they connected Bozarth to the murder.

"It's an ongoing investigation," said David Brogger, spokesman for the Victoria Police Department.

Bozarth has a criminal history including criminal trespassing in 2008, speeding in 2009, aggravated robbery and assault causing bodily injury November 2016 and, most recently, failure to maintain financial responsibility on Jan. 2, according to court records.

Bozarth remained in the Victoria County Jail on Wednesday. A $500,000 cash bond was set.


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