New trial for quadruple murder in Palm Springs: testimony resumes Monday
Testimony was due to resume on Monday in the retrial for the quadruple murder of Jose Larin Garcia.
He is charged with the murders of four people in Palm Springs in 2019. Larin Garcia’s first trial ended with a deadlocked jury.
Last week, prosecutors and defense attorneys debated key facts that would be presented to jurors about a “Perkins” sting operation, in which law enforcement officers posed as inmates in Larin Garcia’s jail cell to see what they could learn.
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Jose Larin Garcia, a Cathedral City man, is accused of killing four people (ages 17-25): Carlos Campos, Jacob Montgomery, Yuliana Garcia and Juan Duarte Raya nearly four years ago.
The four victims were all found shot on the night of February 3, 2019.
Three of the victims were found inside a car that crashed on Sunny Dunes and El Placer roads. The fourth victim was discovered on the street on Canon Dr. a few blocks away.
When the police arrived on the scene, they found Larin Garcia hiding under a truck. They say he appeared drunk and covered in blood.
Larin Garcia was taken to the Desert Regional Medical Center for treatment. Security footage shows him fleeing the hospital later that night.
Detectives testified that he then went to a friend’s house from whom he bought a one-way bus ticket to Florida using a false name. Prosecutors say he was preparing to flee – shaving his head and beard to change his appearance. He was arrested while waiting at the bus stop.
Larin Garcia is charged with four counts of murder. He also faces a special circumstance allegation of having committed multiple murders, exposing him to the death penalty if convicted.
WEEK 4 IN COURT:
A friend of Larin Garcia told the jury that the defendant showed him a gun and threatened to kill someone days before the murders.
A PSPD detective testified to the evidence she collected at the scene and the security video she recovered of Larin Garcia being discharged from the hospital.
A girlfriend of one of the victims spoke of showing police Facebook messages sent the night of the murders regarding the fentanyl trade at the heart of those killings.
The man who the defense says claimed responsibility for the killings testified that he did not kill the four victims in that case.
WEEK 3 IN COURT:
Last week, a friend of the family who sheltered Larin Garcia after he fled the hospital testified. The jury also heard from the investigator who arrested him later that night at an Indio bus stop.
Larin Garcia’s mother has spoken out, revealing that he called her the night of the murders and brought him clothes and a cellphone after he ran away from the hospital.
Medical examiners said the victims were all killed instantly with gunshot wounds to the head.
A friend of the defendant spoke of a key phone call she received from the defendant immediately after the murders.
WEEK 2 IN COURT:
The jury heard from a police investigator and a friend of some of the victims.
A hospital nurse who treated Larin Garcia as a trauma patient on the night of the murders testified that he fled the emergency department.
A Palm Springs police officer gave testimony vital to the defense’s argument that another man carried out the shooting.
The jury was brought to the scene of the crimes.
WEEK 1 IN COURT:
During opening statements, District Attorney and Assistant District Attorney Samantha Paixao asked the jury to hold Larin Garcia responsible for the four lives she said she stole.
Defense attorney John Patrick Dolan argued that another man, John Olvera, was responsible for the murders.
The jury heard from some of the first people on the scene after the killings, including neighbors who saw the bodies and the police officer who first made contact with the suspect.