Man arrested in connection with the 2017 murder of Wienerschnitzel

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SAN JOSE – An ongoing investigation led to the 2017 arrest of a man who was fatally shot at close range while standing outside a Wienerschnitzel south of downtown, authorities said.

San Jose police say they have arrested William Vellmure Jr. as a suspect in connection with a shooting death that occurred on May 18, 2017. George Garza, 38, was fatally wounded in the shooting near South 1st Street and Edwards Avenue and later died at the hospital. Over the past two years, detectives learned new information that led to Vellmure Jr.’s arrest. June 5 (San Jose Police Department photo)

According to a police news release, 33-year-old William Jacob Vellmure Jr. of San Jose was arrested on June 5 following an investigation reopened two years ago by the San Jose Police Department and the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.

Vellmure is being held without bail at the Santa Clara County Main Jail on murder charges. He was charged and arraigned on June 7, according to court records.

Police have not released a motive or exact cause for the May 18, 2017 shooting that resulted in the death of 38-year-old San Jose resident George Garza. The shooting occurred just after 10 p.m., when a man standing on a nearby sidewalk opened fire on Garza, who was standing outside a restaurant on South First Street near Edwards Avenue, witnesses told this news organization at the time.

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