Man charged with killing South Bend bar worker

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A 21-year-old man has been charged with fatally stabbing a woman who was found dead inside the South Bend bar where she worked.

Court documents say 25-year-old Angela Garza had told her sister that she was waiting for her friend Johnnie Nettles to arrive at Chuck’s Tavern as she was closing it late Saturday before the sisters were to make Christmas cookies.

The tavern’s owners found Garza’s body Sunday afternoon, and investigators found that money had been taken from a pried-open safe.

Police say officers found Nettles at an apartment with a bloody knife hidden under a sink. Police say Nettles told investigators he found the knife as he arrived at the bar and that Garza was already dead.

Nettles was jailed without bond. Court records don’t list a defense attorney. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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