From KSAT in San Antonio TX . . . .
Suspect in burned body murder was twice in ICE custody before killing
Ernesto Esquivel Garcia given voluntary departure order weeks before murder
By Dillon Collier - Investigative Reporter July 13, 2018.
SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirm that a man accused of murdering a former a co-worker, then burning his body inside a North Side apartment last month was twice in their custody only to be released both times.
Ernesto Esquivel Garcia, 20, faces charges of murder, arson and abuse of a corpse related to the killing of Jared Vargas, whose body was found inside a burned apartment in the 7900 block of Jones Maltsberger Road on June 18.
San Antonio Police Department dash camera and body camera footage obtained by the KSAT 12 Defenders shows Esquivel Garcia being arrested by SAPD in March 2017 after he admitted to crashing his truck into cars belonging to his ex-girlfriend and one of her family members in front of a home in the 100 block of Glencoe Drive.
He was also accused that night of breaking his ex-girlfriend’s . . .
. . . Esquivel Garcia’s girlfriend told officers he had come to the U.S. from Guanajuato, Mexico three years earlier . . .
The officers later confirmed on the recording that a hold would in fact be placed on him after his arrest. . . .
. . . charges of DWI and misdemeanor criminal mischief.
A jail timeline provided by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office shows that Esquivel Garcia was then held on an immigration detainer until April 15, 2017, when authorities from ICE picked him up. . .
. . . He posted bond granted by the immigration judge and was released from custody. On May 21, 2018, an immigration judge issued him a voluntary departure, contingent on posting a departure bond. . . .
. . . Four days later, Bexar County transferred Esquivel-Garcia back to ICE, and the same day he posted the departure bond that was set by an immigration judge May 21.
Before departing ICE’s office May 29, 2018, ICE deportation officers instructed Esquivel-Garcia to leave the United States by July 20, 2018, as imposed by the immigration judge’s voluntary departure order.
A San Antonio immigration attorney, who spoke with the Defenders on the condition of anonymity on Thursday, said a voluntary departure order falls below a deportation and allows a person in the United States illegally to tie up loose ends before leaving the country of his or her own volition.
A voluntary departure order on a person’s record is not treated as harshly as a deportation . . .
. . . and DWI education program and for failing to comply with the rules of his interlock device.
Few details about Vargas’ death have been released.
The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed last month that he died as a result of homicidal violence. . . .