Tejeda murder trial delayed

Posted at 11:52 AM, Jan 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-06 15:28:44-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — One local judge is warning attorneys in a three-year-old murder case that if they ask for another delay, they will be held in contempt of court.

On Monday morning, Joseph Tejeda was supposed to go to trial for the 2017 murder of his girlfriend, Breanna Wood.

Instead, prosecutors asked Judge Jack Pulcher for more time. According to them, DNA testing is not complete on several pieces of evidence that they plan to present during the trial.

Judge Pulcher set Tejeda's trial for April 20.

He warned attorneys on both sides if they are not ready by then, they will be held in contempt of court.

"I also want to know every prosecutor who's actually worked on this case since it's been brought into the D.A.'s office. I want to know the ones who are currently working in the D.A.'s office because i want them to be held accountable," Judge Pulcher said.

Tejeda is charged with capital murder.

His 21-year-old girlfriend Wood was missing for several months before her body was found in Bluntzer Park in January 2017.