CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico – A year after the murder of Spanish citizen Pilar Garrido, the parents of her husband, Jorge Fernandez, said that they are convinced that he is innocent in her death.
“Our family and the (Garrido) family in Spain remain united, believing in Jorge’s innocence,” Jorge Fernandez Villarreal told EFE.
Jorge Fernandez remains behind bars in Ciudad Victoria, capital of the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, and is charged with murdering his 34-year-old wife.
“We demand that he be released as innocent because from the start they linked bringing Jorge to trial with lies,” his father said in an interview at the family’s home.
Fernandez reported on July 3, 2017, that Garrido had been abducted the previous day as the couple and their 1-year-old son were returning to their home in Ciudad Victoria from the Gulf coast resort town of La Pesca.
He told authorities that two armed men had intercepted the family on the road and snatched Garrido at gunpoint.
Her skeletal remains were found on July 26, 2017, in Villa de Casas, Tamaulipas, where Garrido was last seen alive.
The case made headlines in both Mexico and Spain and at the end of August 2017, the story took an unexpected turn when the state Attorney General’s Office accused Garrido’s husband of beating and strangling his wife and then dumping her body on the side of a road.
“Justice is coming and we have evidence because we’ve been moving. We have been working with this for a year, but we’re fighting against a system,” the father of Jorge Fernandez said.
From the beginning, prosecutors have asked for delays to collect and process more evidence, but the trial is now scheduled to begin Aug. 30.
The defendant’s parents said that to prepare the case they have a team of lawyers and have turned to human rights organizations and the Mexican Supreme Court.
However, they fear that prosecutors will fabricate evidence to “close a media case and end the pressure from the Spanish government.”
More than 9,000 km (5,500 miles) away in Massalaves, Spain, Garrido’s family are raising Jorge and Pilar’s child, now 2 years old.
“The child is doing well, he’s in good hands,” said Jorge Fernandez Villareal, while his wife calls the Garrido family “wonderful.”
“We love them and support them. They’re giving us information and they’re saying that they have to fight. ... This is a family,” Adriana Gonzalez said.
The parents of Pilar Garrido have always believed in the innocence of their son-in-law.