During week six of the murder trial of the man accused of killing four people in Palm Springs in 2019, a detective testified about ammunition he found during a search of the suspect’s bedroom .
Police attended the home of defendant Jose Larin Garcia after the February 2019 killings and searched his bedroom, where Palm Springs Police Department Detective Edman Escallada said they found numerous 9 rounds of rounds. mm, which came from at least five different manufacturers.
Some of the bullets were steel, some were brass, Escallada said. But despite their different manufacturers and markings, he said they could be used in the same gun.
The photos presented to the jury depicted a 9mm Glock magazine found in Larin Garcia’s bedroom with a mix of brands of 9mm ammunition loaded inside.
The judge said outside of the juror’s presence that he had seen hundreds of cases, but never multiple brands of ammunition in a single clip.
Earlier in the case, a Justice Department forensic scientist said the weapon used was a 9mm semi-automatic handgun.
Prosecutors say casings found inside a Toyota Corolla where three of the victims were shot match a casing found in Larin Garcia’s car.
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Last week, an undercover officer who posed as an inmate in Larin Garcia’s jail cell said the suspect told him detectives had his gun.
But investigators never found a murder weapon, and the defense says that’s a big hole in the case.
Detective Escallada also spoke to Larin Garcia’s mother, who showed him a voicemail hours after the murders.
He said Larin Garcia was saying, “Hey mom, it’s me – they’re going to arrest me.”
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 three 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 property 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 5 IN COURT:
In week five, the defense worked to prove that Larin Garcia was framed. A forensic investigator testified that she did not file any evidence, but that some errors could have been made in the handling of the evidence.
A medical examiner from the coroner’s office said autopsies on two of the victims revealed multiple gunshot wounds to the head as causes of death.
A PSPD investigator testified that he did not plant a bullet casing in the suspect’s trunk to entrap him.
An undercover officer who posed as an inmate in Larin Garcia’s jail cell after the murders testified that the suspect told him he was “screwed”.
WEEK 4 IN COURT:
In week four, there was intense debate over whether Jose Larin Garcia fled the hospital after the February 2019 killings.
The jurors heard from the main forensic experts: a crime scene technician, a fingerprint examiner and a blood expert.
Crucial testimony was set up by undercover agents who posed as inmates and spoke at length with the accused after the crimes.
WEEK 3 IN COURT:
The third week of this trial, jurors heard from John Olvera, the 18-year-old who the defense says is actually responsible. Police investigated posts on his social media accounts that appeared to take credit for the killings, but Olvera repeatedly testified that he posted rap lyrics or “presented” as a “gangster.” budding”.
Justice Department forensic specialist Nancy McCombs testified and said the multiple bullet casings recovered could have been from the same gun. No weapon was ever found during the investigation.
Prosecutors punched holes in the testimony of a witness that changed his previous account on the stand, and Palm Springs police investigators testified to evidence gathered at the scene.
WEEK 2 IN COURT:
During the second week in court, the jury heard from Larin Garcia’s mother, who says she received a call from her son the night of the murders.
Two police officers who responded on the night of the killings also spoke. One testified that he saw a “tall, thin” figure running near one of the crime scenes, but that person was never found or brought in for questioning. Larin-Garcia is not described as tall or thin. The court also heard from a family friend of Larin Garcia who helped him buy a one-way ticket to Florida the day after the murders. Larin Garcia was arrested before he could leave.
The court also heard from several witnesses, including a neighbor, police inspector and former friend of the accused. The friend shared that Larin Garcia said he wanted to rob one of the victims before the murders.
WEEK 1 IN COURT:
During the first week of hearings, the prosecution delivered its opening statement. The defense then delivered its opening statement, saying another man, John Olvera, was responsible for all four deaths.
Several witnesses were called to the stand, including a Palm Springs Police Department dispatch supervisor, several neighbors who heard gunshots or saw the bodies of the victims, and people who personally knew the victims. The court also heard that 17-year-old victim Yuliana Garcia was pregnant at the time of her death.