A woman who was playing Pokemon Go at a park in Albuquerque got killed a month ago. Finally, the suspect, in this case, has faced a judge on Wednesday.
The suspect, named Izaiah Garcia, 20 years old, is facing first-degree murder charges and many more. There have been witnesses who told the judge what he did. John Duran, the prosecutor, has said that the suspect did not care about human life. The victim is Cayla Campos, a 21-year-old woman who was playing Pokemon Go with her boyfriend at Bianchetti Park, when the suspect, Garcia, got involved in an armed robbery. The police have come to the crime place, but then Garcia fired shots, one of them hitting Cayla Campos.
The state said that Izaiah Garcia might have made a mistake in believing that Campos was someone who had some an argument with, so probably that was the reason he started shooting. But some witnesses testified that this is not the first time this person has done something like this. A few weeks back, he went to the Sandia High School homecoming party, where he shot the 17-year-old Sean Markey.
His friend was also a witness in this case. He said that Garcia borrowed his gun and that Garcia sent this friend a message after he killed Campos, which said “Sorry.” His lawyers defended by saying that this was not deliberate, as he did not have the intention of killing Campos. The state also suspects that Garcia tampered with evidence, because surveillance footage from outside of the home Garcia was staying, is missing.
The judge has said that they need more time to review and then decide what charges Garcia will have. The trial will resume in two weeks.
If you decide to go to the park, please be aware of your surroundings and keep safe.