Police Chief Joe Treviño said Joe Luis Garcia was killed after an argument between him and José Angel Villa on Jan. 10, 1981, in what used to be the Zebra Lounge at 805 W. Corpus Christi St.
According to the only witness to the murder, the two men had been playing pool in the tavern. At one point, the witness said, Villa left the building. But he returned minutes later with a rifle and shot Garcia to death.
Villa would be about 55 years old now, Treviño said. He disappeared immediately after the killing and has never been found.
The Beeville Police Department has had an outstanding warrant on file for Villa’s arrest since the murder.
BPD investigators believe Villa fled to Mexico to escape arrest. But they also believe he may return to Texas at times because he left a family behind when he fled.
Anyone who has information on where Villa might be found should contact the BPD at 358-8100.