Charles Borchers

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Charles Robert "Charlie" Borchers​

District Attorney of the
49th District Court of Texas
In office
1973​ – December 31, 1980​
Preceded by Carlos Castillon​
Succeeded by Julio A. Garcia

Born March 19, 1943​
Laredo, Webb County, Texas, USA​
Died June 27, 1997 (aged 54)
San Antonio, Texas​
Resting place Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Laredo​
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Celita Pappas Borchers​
Relations Judith Pappas Zaffirini (sister-in-law)​
Children Valerie Borchers​

Katrina B. Mohrer
​ Ericka Borchers​
Elmore Herman Borchers, Sr.
​ Angela Scovazzo Borchers ​

Residence Laredo, Texas​
Alma mater St. Joseph's Academy (Laredo)​

St. Edward's University
University of Texas School of Law​

Occupation Attorney
Religion Roman Catholic

Charles Robert Borchers, known as Charlie Borchers (March 19, 1943 – June 27, 1997), was an attorney from his native Laredo, Texas, who served from 1973 to 1980 as the district attorney of the 49th Judicial District, which then included Dimmit, Webb, and Zapata counties in the southern portion of his state.​


Borchers was one of four children of Elmore Herman Borchers, Sr., an attorney, and the former Angela Scovazzo, a native of Los Angeles, California, and one of three daughters of Dr. and Mrs. Charles Scovazzo. Angela Borchers became a civic figure in her own right in Laredo, having worked to establish the Laredo Kidney Center. She was the president of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church Altar Society and served for two decades as well on the board of the Laredo Public Library. In 1956, the couple played George and Martha Washington in Laredo's nationally known Washington's Birthday Celebration. The senior Borchers were named in 1976 to the Lord and Lady of the Holy Sepulcher, the highest honor bestowed on lay Catholics.[1]

Borchers graduated from and played basketball at St. Joseph's Academy. a Laredo parchoial school operated by the Marist Brothers until its closure in 1973. In 1963, he received in three years his Bachelor of Art degree from St. Edwards University in the capital city of Austin. In 1966, he was awarded his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, also in Austin.[2]


A Democrat, Borchers was initially appointed district attorney to complete the unexpired term of Carlos Castillon, who resigned in 1973, a year after having been elected in 1972. Borchers, who had been first assistant district attorney under Castillon, was then elected to a full four-year term in 1976. Borchers was generally known as "a hands-on DA who participated in arrests, drug raids and interrogations."[2] Former Laredo municipal Police Chief J. L. Martinez recalled that Borchers "would join us in making arrests and getting the details firsthand." Borchers prosecuted Juan Aranda in Laredo and Arturo Aranda of Victoria in the death of police officer Pablo Albidrez. He prosecuted Kenneth Adami of Freer for the murder of five Mexicans at a ranch. He established a state crime task force in Laredo.[2]

In private practice of law with the firm Person, Whitworth, Borchers, and Morales, Borchers did not seek a third term as district attorney. He was instead succeeded by Laredo lawyer Julio A. Garcia. From 1985 to 1991, Borchers was an elected trustee of the United Independent School District. From 1986 to 1991, he was the UISD board president. Prior to becoming DA, he had been an instructor of business law and government at Laredo College.[2]

Death and legacy

Borchers died of cancer at the age of fifty-four at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. He is interred at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Laredo. Borchers and his wife, the former Celita Pappas, an administrator at United Independent School District and a sister of veteran state Senator Judith Pappas Zaffirini. The couple had three daughters, Valerie, Katrina, and Ericka. Katrina Mohrer, the middle daughter, had joined her father's law firm not long before his death.[2] He had two brothers, E. H. Borchers, Jr. (born 1937), a since retired dentist in Laredo, who was formerly married to Susan Shelby Borchers (1937-2015), a long-time employee of the former Laredo National Bank,[3] and Ralph L. Borchers, who lived in Guatemala at the time of his brother's death[2] and later in Miami, Florida.[1] His sister is Bernadette Powell and husband, Edward, of Houston, Texas.[2]

Like his mother, Borchers was a long-term member of Rotary International.[1][2]

Borcher's bust, sculpted by Armando Hinojosa and architect James Humphries, is displayed near the main south entrance of the Webb County Justice Center in downtown Laredo. At the dedication ceremony in 1999, then 341st Texas District Court Judge Elma Salinas Ender of Laredo described Borchers as "truly a man of the people. It is particularly fitting that this dedication take place on Law Day because Charles Borchers loved his profession. ... Those of us who knew the lawyer and loved the man understand that his spirit will forever live on in the halls of the Webb County Justice Center."[4]

Charles Borchers Elementary School at 9551 Backwoods Trail in northeastern Laredo is named in his honor.[5] Two scholarships in Borchers' name are issued annually by the Young Lawyers Association of Laredo.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Odie Arambula. Angel of charity, Angela Borchers dead at 91. The Laredo Morning Times. Retrieved on October 16, 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Odie Arambula (March 20, 1997). Former 'hands-on DA' Borchers dies in San Antonio hospital. The Laredo Morning Times. Retrieved on October 16, 2019.
  3. "Susan Shelby Borchers obituary," The Laredo Morning Times, July 6, 2015, p. 12A.
  4. Robert Garcia (June 15, 2014). Borchers bust unveiled, honored. The Laredo Morning Times. Retrieved on JOctober 16, 2019.
  5. Charles Borchers Elementary School. Retrieved on October 16, 2019.