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Kenosha Man Charged in Killing of Woman Found in Cemetery
KENOSHA---The man accused of killing a woman and leaving her body in a Somers cemetery faced a judge for the first time since being charged with her death.
52-year-old Javier Garcia is charged with first degree intentional homicide. He is accused of killing 26-year-old Lisa Marie Mezera on Saturday, August 19th. An on-duty Kenosha police officer found her body inside the B’Nai Zedek cemetery in Somers on August 20th.
According to the criminal complaint, Garcia was Mezera's co-worker but occasionally spent time with her outside of work. On the night of the 19th, Garcia picked her up at her home to go out, but she never returned.
"That was really important in the investigation…that we knew immediately who she was being picked up by and we knew her plans for the night was being with him,” said Ron Mezera, the victim's father.
Garcia claims they only drove around for 30 minutes, then left Mezera on 45th and 22nd avenue in Kenosha because she was too drunk. The criminal complaint indicates he changed his story about that night several times.
The medical examiner says Mezera died of strangulation and blunt force trauma. DNA evidence gathered at the scene ties Garcia to the deadly attack.
"There's multiple DNA samples that have been examined. The crime lab worked and worked to get these DNA samples and develop the matches,” said Sgt. Bill Beth from the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department.
The judge set the bond at $1 million.
"A $1 million cash bond is our victory for today," said Patricia Hovey, the victim's sister. "It's a small victory, but it's our victory for today. It's Lisa's victory."
Garcia’s next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday, October 18th at 10:00 a.m.