Bay Point murder trial goes to the jury today
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.