Trial won’t start until September in cemetery murder case

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The trial will not start this month for a Kenosha man accused of killing a local woman found beaten and partially naked in a cemetery.

Javier Garcia’s trial was set to start next week, but it has been pushed to September. Online court records show the delay is due to concerns over whether analysis of DNA evidence would be made available with enough time to prepare for trial.

Lisa Marie Mezera, 26, of Kenosha was found dead in August in B’nai Zedek Cemetery, 1760 Sheridan Road. She had been beaten and strangled and, evidence suggests, her killer tried to sexually assault her.

Garcia, 52, was the last person seen with her, and DNA evidence ties him to the attack, according to a criminal complaint. He was charged in October and pleaded not guilty to first-degree intentional homicide and felony battery, among other crimes. Bond was set at $1 million, and Garcia remains in jail. If convicted, he faces life in prison.

The case has been set for a status hearing on June 24, with the trial to begin Sept. 17.

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