Ken Paxton

Monday, August 20, 2012

Nueces County Jury Convicts, Sentences George Garza in Kingsville Murder Case

CORPUS CHRISTI A Nueces County jury sentenced George Garza to 99 years in prison for his role in the 2005 murder of Kingsville resident Susan Rousseau. The jury convicted Garza of burglary of a habitation by commission of aggravated assault, a first-degree felony lesser included offense. Assistant Attorney General Wesley Mau prosecuted the case in conjunction with Kleberg County District Attorney John T. Hubert.

According to investigators with the Kingsville Police Department, Rousseau,35, was attacked with a baseball bat and murdered during a burglary of her Kingsville home in December 2005. Kingsville Police Department officers located and arrested Garza in Alice on Aug. 2, 2010. Based on information Garza provided to police detectives, Kingsville police officers located Corina Lam Lopez in Austin the following day and arrested her in connection with the crime. A Kleberg County grand jury indicted Garza and Lopez in November 2010 on capital murder charges.

In April 2012, a Nueces County jury found Lopez guilty of capital murder for Rousseau’s death. As a result, Lopez is currently serving a life sentence in prison.