CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico – One year after his arrest, the husband and suspected murderer of Spanish woman Pilar Garrido awaits trial in a Mexican prison, where he found God and has faith that his innocence will be proven.
“If the will of my Father is (my) innocence, so be it,” Fernandez told EFE in an exclusive interview at the Ciudad Victoria prison. “If the will of my Father is for me to spend 50 years of my life (in prison) for something I didn’t do, something nice will come out of that too.”
Calm and relaxed, Fernandez embraced faith ever since he went into prison, accused of beating and strangling his wife.
“I’m thirsty and hungry for justice, but not the justice that the world provides,” he said.
The 34-year-old Garrido disappeared on July 2, 2017, when traveling with her husband and baby in the northwestern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, one of the country’s most dangerous territories.
The couple was coming back from the beach when, according to Fernandez, they were intercepted by armed men, who took his wife.
A few days later, her body was found and DNA tests confirmed that it was Garrido.
Amid uncertainty and garnering much media attention on both sides of the Atlantic, the case took a turn on Aug 29, when the Tamaulipas attorney general’s office arrested Fernandez, charging him with the murder.
“It’s not that I’m sticking to my version; it’s the truth,” the 35-year-old Fernandez said, adding that he has complete faith in that everything is happening for the better.
Fernandez recalled scenes from before and after the fateful day that destroyed two families.
“Many terrible things have been spoken,” he said. “But the people who really knew my marriage know the kind of father and husband that I was.”
Several people who were allegedly close to the couple have come forward since the incident, speaking against the defendant, who has a degree in Criminology and an Master’s Degree in Public Administration.
“A criminologist is not a criminal,” Fernandez said. “It is someone who studies crime and criminality, using it to prevent crime, thus helping society to avoid something like what happened to my wife.