Attorneys for suspects indicted in the 2015 Sutherland's robbery and double homicide were in court Monday morning with visiting Judge Bob Perkins presiding.
The suspects, Andres Manuel Garza, Aaron Adrian Garza, Michael Andres Castro and Richard Perez appeared in court for a status hearing that would help determine if the cases were ready to move forward and set trial dates.
Perkins and the Jim Wells County District Court officials are looking for a court date for Andres sometime in August or September.
On October 21, 2015, Andres, Aaron, Castro and robbed Sutherland’s. The men walked into the business with masks and guns drawn.
Andres, Castro and Perez are accused of the murders of 50-year-old Marcelino Guerra and 53-year-old Robert Mata, on Oct. 20, 2015 on County Road 464 near Green Acres.
Defense attorneys for Andres discussed discovery issues such as video recordings that the State released to them, but are not able to be seen due to the computer programs.
According to Andres' attorneys, Andres was moved to Raymondville, TX by the Jim Wells County Sheriff's department due to a safety concern and would like him moved back so they could speak with him.
According to Perkins, he expects Andres' trial to take a week and a half. The codefendants' trials should follow Andres' trial.
The State is not seeking the death penalty.
Aaron Garza stood before Perkins with his attorney asking for conditions of his probation to be reconsidered due to his work in West Texas. Perkins denied the motion and Aaron was taken to the JWC jail due to a warrant issued for failure to comply with probation conditions.
Also in court was Amador Garza Sr., father of Andres and Aaron, who was charged with tampering with physical evidence with the intent to impair back in October 2015. His trial will also follow that of Andres.
Andres is charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated robbery and capital murder.
Aaron is charged with evading arrest and aggravated robbery.
Castro is charged with aggravated robbery and capital murder.
Perez is charged with aggravated robbery, capital murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.