Nearly a year later a trial date was set for the men accused of the aggravated robbery at Sutherland’s and a double homicide that occurred in 2015.
On Thursday, Judge Bob Perkins set Andres Garza's trial to begin on Jan. 9, 2017. Andres Garza is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated robbery and capital murder.
Court officials anticipate the trial will take a week. According to Perkins, the long part of the trial will be the jury selection due to the extensive media coverage.
On Oct. 21, 2015, Aaron, Michael Castro, Andres and a juvenile allegedly robbed Sutherland’s. The men walked into the business with masks and guns drawn as the juvenile held a lady outside the business at gunpoint. After the robbery the men torched the getaway vehicle in a vacant lot blocks away from Sutherland's.
Andres was recognized by an employee and arrested the same day of the incident. Through the Alice Police Department’s investigation, Castro, Aaron were arrested later.
As the investigation continued the Jim Wells County Sheriff's investigators along with the Alice PD connected the double homicide.
On Oct. 20, 2015, 50-year-old Marcelino Guerra and 53-year-old Robert Mata were shot on a County Road 464 near Green Acres as the men attempted to steal their pickup truck. Investigators believe the men were in the area searching for a vehicle to use as the getaway vehicle in the Sutherland's robbery.
Investigators found the stolen vehicle engulfed in flames the day after the murders on County Road 148 near San Diego.
Andres and Castro were then charged with capital murder.
A fourth man, Richard Perez was later arrested for his part in the double homicide and robbery.
Aaron is charged with evading arrest detention and aggravated robbery.
Castro was charged aggravated robbery and capital murder.
Andres and Aaron's father, Amador Garza Sr., was arrested and charged with tampering with evidence in connection with his sons crimes.
Aaron, Perez, Castro and Amador Sr. have a tentative date for Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 depending on the outcome of Andres' trial.
As of Tuesday, Castro and Andres remain at the JWC jail.