Houston County fatal shooting trial pushed back a month

bpurser@macon.comNovember 4, 2013 

PERRY - The Houston County trial of an El Salvador native accused of the 2010 shooting death of his estranged wife has been continued until December.

Daniel P. Bibler, deputy chief assistant district attorney, said the trial was continued at the request of the defense.

A hearing is expected before the trial to go over defense issues that led to the continuance, Bibler said. Carolyn Hall, an assistant public defender who is representing Garcia, could not be reached for comment.

The continuance marks the second time the trial has been delayed this fall. The trial is now set for the week of Dec. 9, Bibler said.

Jose Garcia, 47, is accused of killing Maria Garcia, 38, in her Murray Place home before fleeing and attempting to kill himself. He pleaded not guilty in October to the charges of murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

On the morning of Aug. 23, 2010, Garcia allegedly went to the Murray Place home where his estranged wife lived with plans to kill her and then himself in what Warner Robins police described as a planned murder-suicide.

Maria Garcia’s body was discovered in the doorway of her home by neighbors, with the handgun used to shoot her twice found nearby. Jose Garcia was found unconscious in the parking lot of Northlake Apartments where he lived shortly after the discovery of his estranged wife’s body. He was suffering from two self-inflicted stab wounds in the chest and leg. A large knife was found nearby.

Neighbors reported seeing Garcia drive erratically away from the Murray Place residence shortly before discovering the body.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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