Cross-examination reached a boiling point on Wednesday when defense attorney DeKoatz questioned Rodriguez’s character as a teen.
“So you were a 15-year-old party girl, hanging out with frat boys, getting juiced over in Juarez,” DeKoatz asked.
“I am not ashamed of one iota of my past,” Rodriguez said. “Can you say the same?”
“I’m the attorney,” DeKoatz responded.
“I didn’t commit murder,” Rodriguez said.
The questioning ended at that point and jurors may not have picked up on what Rodriguez was referencing when she said, “I didn’t commit murder.”
Rodriguez, who had spent nearly 30 years as a legal secretary in El Paso, was alluding to a 2011 shooting involving the defense attorney.
Police said DeKoatz was shopping with his wife at the J.C. Penny in downtown El Paso when the attorney spotted a man breaking into his car.
DeKoatz shot and killed the man but was never indicted by a grand jury.
The second witness called to testify on Wednesday was Theresa Heffelfinger, Garrett’s ex-wife.
Heffelfinger testified that Garrett told her the same story years ago when the couple was still married, on their way back to El Paso from a trip to Las Vegas.
“[Garrett] told me he hit [Maj. Garrett] with a bat, and then his mother went into a rage, and stabbed him,” Heffelfinger said.
Heffelfinger testified that Garrett told her his mother got the idea from either a book that she had read or from an episode of “Murder-She-Wrote.”
It would not have been possible for Lisbeth Garrett to derive the idea from “Murder-She-Wrote,” because the television series premiered on CBS in 1984, seven years after Maj. Garrett’s death.
“It was Lis Garrett’s idea,” Heffelfinger said. “She had convinced him that her life was in danger.”
Prosecutors questioned Heffelfinger outside the presence of the jury in an attempt to bring new information into the testimony that had not been discussed.
Heffelfinger said Garrett had to be supervised when he visited his daughter because he and Lisbeth Garrett had once tried to kidnap the girl.
That information was ruled inadmissible.
Patrick Garrett, the son of Lisbeth and Maj. Chester Garrett, was the last witness to take the stand on Wednesday to testify about an alleged confession.
Patrick Garrett said he was 12-years-old when his father was killed.
He retold the story of what happened the night before Maj. Garrett’s body was found.
Patrick Garrett said his mother dropped him off at the Cielo Vista movie theater with his friend, Buddy Larson.
He said he said he thought it was unusual because it was a school night.
He said when he called for mother to pick him up she did not answer the phone, and Larson had to call his mother to take the boys home.
Patrick Garrett testified that when he arrived at his home, the lights inside of the house were dark, and nobody would answer the phone.
Patrick Garrett said he saw lights go on in the house later that night and was eventually let inside, shepherded to his bedroom by his then 18-year-old brother Roger Garrett.
Patrick Garrett thought it was also strange that he was not told to take a bath and brush his teeth that night, just to go to bed.