Feb 18, 2009 | Posted by: roboblogger
The trial began today for a 23-year-old East County man accused of fatally shooting a Bay Point resident involved in a domestic dispute with a third person.
MARTINEZ -- The trial began today for a 23-year-old East County man accused of fatally shooting a Bay Point resident involved in a domestic dispute with a third person.
Alberto Garcia, 23, shot 31-year-old David Watson several times in Watson's West Ruby Street apartment in the early morning hours of July 21, 2007, prosecutor Dominique Yancey told the jury.
Defense attorney Jon Weir said Garcia is innocent and Watson's estranged girlfriend, Barbara Lynne Washburn, and her son, Joaquin James Agredano, were responsible for the shooting.
"At the end of this case, I think you'll find that Ms. Washburn committed this murder, or more likely, her son did," Weir told jurors in opening statements.
Watson's locked front door was forced open. Near it inside, investigators found Watson's body, according to testimony from first-responders and Contra Costa County crime lab investigators.
He had shotgun wounds in a heel, a forearm, a hip and the chest.
Washburn and Garcia had a volatile relationship, and Washburn was moving out of Watson's residence. Garcia shot the victim because he was angry over how Watson was treating a friend's mother, according to Yancey.
Washburn, 46, is also charged with murder in Watson's death but she may see the charges dismissed or reduced by the District Attorney's Office for testifying against Garcia, Weir said.
Washburn is scheduled to take the witness stand at Garcia's trial on Monday.
Court records show that Agredano, 23, was not charged
in connection with Watson's death. He pleaded guilty to trying to evade a police officer who wanted to question him four days after Watson was killed.
The trial is to continue Thursday in Judge Theresa Canepa's Martinez courtroom
MARTINEZ — Jury deliberations begin today at the murder trial of an East Contra Costa man accused of killing the boyfriend of a friend's mother because he thought the boyfriend was treating her poorly.
Alberto Garcia, 23, went to David Watson's Bay Point home July 21, 2007, and either shot Watson with a shotgun or stood and watched as his friend did, deputy district attorney Dominique Yancey said in closing statements Monday. In either scenario, Garcia, who obtained the shotgun, is guilty of first-degree murder, Yancey said.
Watson, 31, was shot four times at close range after someone broke down the front door of his Wheldon Lane apartment at 3:30 a.m.
Yancey said Garcia, 46-year-old Barbara Lynn Washburn and her son, Joaquin James Agredano, went to the apartment after drinking at a bar in San Francisco because, according testimony from Garcia's former girlfriend, Watson "messed up and had to be dealt with."
Agredano has not been charged with murder in Watson's death, though Washburn has, but her defense attorney said he expects the charges to be dismissed. She testified at trial and implicated Watson in the killing, but not her son.
Defense attorney Jon Weir said Washburn and Garcia's former girlfriend — the prosecution's key witnesses — are both lying to implicate Garcia because each has a pending felony case in Contra Costa County and is looking for leniency from prosecutors. Weir asked jurors to
consider testimony from Watson's neighbor, who said two people went upstairs to Watson's apartment while a third person with a short pony tail stayed in a car. It was Garcia's hair that matched that description, meaning Washburn and Agredano went upstairs to shoot Watson, Weir said.
Jon Weir is an attorney not to be believed. Jon lies in court and is extremelly unethical. I would not allow that attorney to represent anyone I cared about. The man has no soul. Jon is a court appointed attorney who should be let go.
Whether Garcia is guilty or not he deserves to be represented by an Attorney other than Jon C. Weir. Having Jon C Weir appointed as your attorney means you have hit bottom and you might as well be representing yourself. Jon works mostly for Contra Costa Superior Courts in Martinez California. He should retire find a new profession. JON C WEIR remember his name and run if the courts appoint him to represent you. Garcia I hope you are not innocent because if you are innocent you deserve better. My heart goes out to you and your family.
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