Murder suspect's arrest described during trial
Mark Anthony Garcia accused in 2008 slaying
For the second time this year, Mark Anthony Garcia, 24, is in court facing murder charges.
His first trial last April ended in a mistrial with the jury deadlocked after three days of deliberation.
Garcia is accused of shooting Angelo Morales, 36, to death outside a downtown bar on the night of Dec. 12, 2008.
Witnesses told police the shooting followed a confrontation between the two over a woman.
Among the first officers on the scene that night was Abel Barrientos, who was working downtown patrol. He testified that he spotted Garcia running from the scene.
“I remember having my pistol out -- extended in one hand -- (then) waving down the other officers around to help me out in case things go bad,” he testified.
Among those in the courtroom for Garcia’s second trial was Chris Morales, the victim’s oldest son.
“It hurts me on the inside,” Morales said during a break in testimony. “Coming to the trial and then seeing the same pictures over and over is very hard and frustrating.”
But Morales said it is important that he and his siblings attend the trial.
“We just want there to be justice for my dad so he can be at peace,” he said.
If Garcia is convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Testimony will continue on Tuesday in Judge Lori Valenzuela’s 437th District Court.
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