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UPDATE: Jury convicts in Kenosha County homicide trial

Javier Garcia

Javier Garcia

UPDATED Tuesday, February 25, 2014 --- 9:17 a.m.

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) -- A jury in Kenosha County has convicted a man of beating and strangling a 26-year-old woman and leaving her body in a Somers cemetery.

Javier Garcia was the last person seen with Lisa Marie Mezera before her body was discovered in the B'nai Zedek Cemetery in August 2012. The Kenosha News reports jurors deliberated about an hour before returning with guilty verdicts for first-degree intentional homicide and four other charges Monday.

The homicide conviction carries a mandatory life sentence, but the sentencing judge can set a date for which the 52-year-old convict would be eligible for supervised release.

Copyright 2014. The Associated Press.

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Posted Friday, October 12, 2012 --- 7:10 a.m.

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) -- Bond of $1 million cash has been set for a Kenosha man accused of beating and strangling a co-worker and leaving her body in a cemetery.

Lisa Marie Mezera was found dead in a Somers cemetery Aug. 19. A criminal complaint says a man she worked with was the last person seen with 26-year-old victim and that DNA evidence ties him to the fatal attack.

Fifty-two-year-old Javier Garcia was charged Thursday with first-degree intentional homicide. Garcia's attorney, Matthew Perz, says the case is highly circumstantial.

The Kenosha News (http://tinyurl.com/8k2aolw ) reports the complaint says Garcia admitted picking up Mezera at her house, but said she was so intoxicated they only drove around for about 30 minutes before she got out of the vehicle at an intersection.

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Information from: Kenosha News, http://www.kenoshanews.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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