Open Court: Trial for man accused in fatal shooting, dismembering of San Antonio woman to begin

Andres Tarnava trial to begin on Tuesday, June 18; KSAT will livestream proceedings

SAN ANTONIO – The case of a man charged with killing, dismembering and burning the remains of a San Antonio woman is heading to trial.

KSAT 12 will be livestreaming Andres Tarnava’s trial on KSAT Plus, and KSAT’s YouTube channel.

Tarnava faces a possible maximum punishment of up to life in prison if he is found guilty for the fatal shooting of Marisol Klingelhofer, 49.

Missing Woman

In May 2021, Klingelhofer’s family had reported her missing after last seeing her on April 26, 2021.

As authorities searched for Klingelhofer, several witnesses helped lead them to Tarnava, who had once dated the victim.

According to an arrest affidavit, Tarnava confessed to killing Klingelhofer. He told police he also dismembered her and burned her remains in barrels, which were found on a property in Atascosa County.

Tarnava told police that he killed Klingelhofer because she allegedly stole some items from him that belonged to his late father.

Tarnava was later arrested and charged with murder.

Confession video in question

In February of this year, Tarnava’s attorney tried to suppress the video in which Tarnava admits to the slaying.

Defense attorney Cornelius Cox said that Tarnava didn’t voluntarily confess and therefore the video shouldn’t be admitted into trial.

Texas Ranger Brett Peters told the court that Tarnava was read his Miranda Rights and he waived them.

Parts of the nearly eight-hour video were shown during the hearing.

A judge denied the defense’s motion to suppress the video and it will be allowed to be shown to a jury.

Tarnava’s trial will begin around 9 a.m. on June 18.

The judge has issued a special order barring live chat during the YouTube stream.

You can watch the trial on, KSAT Plus and KSAT’s YouTube channel.

Andres Tarnava on trial for brutal murder of San Antonio woman. (Copyright 2024 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)

About the Authors

Erica Hernandez is an Emmy award-winning journalist with 15 years of experience in the broadcast news business. Erica has covered a wide array of stories all over Central and South Texas. She's currently the court reporter and cohost of the podcast Texas Crime Stories.

Misael started at KSAT-TV as a photojournalist in 1987.

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