SMITH COUNTY — The man facing a capital murder charge in the death of 10-year-old Kayla Gomez-Orozco is expected to be in court with his defense team Thursday morning for a pretrial hearing.
The last time Gustavo Zavala-Garcia was in court was a May pretrial hearing, during which a Department of Public Safety evidence analyst testified it would take about two months to prepare evidence gathered from the victim and suspect's clothing.
Zavala-Garcia is accused of killing Kayla in November 2016. He was related to her by marriage and was among the last people to see her before she went missing Nov. 1, 2016, from the foyer of Bullard First Assembly on U.S. Highway 69.
Her body was found four days later in a well on the property where Zavala-Garcia lived, in the 22100 block of Farm-to-Market Road 2493 (Old Jacksonville Highway) in Bullard.
It is unclear what exactly caused her death, and at the time the indictment was released, District Attorney Matt Bingham declined to comment, citing the restrictive and protective order in the case.
In the indictment, prosecutors contend Zavala-Garcia attacked Kayla and sexually assaulted or attempted to sexually assault her after her kidnapping.
Prosecutors also contend he struck Kayla with and against a blunt object, asphyxiated her and drowned her.
This story will be updated.