First-degree murder charges tossed out in deadly crash case; DA appeals
April 13, 2018 05:15 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – First-degree murder charges have now been dropped for both suspects accused of crashing into a van, killing a mother and daughter last year and the District Attorney's Office is appealing.
Today, Judge Brett Loveless agreed to drop the first-degree murder charges facing Paul Garcia just four days after the same charges were dropped against the other suspect in the case, Elexus Groves.
Groves’ attorney argued that killing someone while fleeing from authorities would fall under second-degree murder and the judge agreed. Garcia’s attorney filed that same motion today, and for the same reasons, it was also granted.
The District Attorney’s Office is now appealing to the New Mexico Supreme Court. The office has also asked that the trial is postponed pending the outcome of the appeal. The trial was set to begin on Monday, April 16.
Garcia and Groves are accused of stealing a van and crashing into 14-year-old Shaylee Boling and her mother Shaunna, both of whom were killed.
Updated: April 13, 2018 05:15 PM
Created: April 13, 2018 11:42 AM
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