ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Elexus Groves took the stand in her own murder trial Tuesday. Groves is the young woman who stole an electrician’s van and crashed into a family on their way to school, killing a mother and her 14-year-old daughter in 2017. If convicted of double murder Groves is looking at a life sentence.
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Tuesday she took the stand to convince the jury she’s grown up since the deadly crash and carries guilt for what she did. “I can’t really explain how much it hurts, like, for people to think that I’m a bad person and that I hurt somebody on purpose, because I’m a really nice person,” Groves said.
Groves and her boyfriend at the time, Paul Garcia, stole a running van from a driveway in the Albuquerque heights in 2017. They were running from police when they sped through a stop sign going close to 80mph.
Fourteen-year-old Shaylee Boling and her mother Shaunna Arredondo-Boiling died in the crash. Arredondo-Boiling’s young son was injured.
Groves testified that Garcia was shooting up drugs and says she went along with it because she liked him and was also high on meth. Groves says it was Paul Garcia’s idea to steal the van so they could go to a drug dealer. She claims Garcia told her to keep going. “He was really panicked about something he had in his backpack and like he was just saying ‘go go go,'” said Groves.
Groves says after the crash she wrote Arredondo-Boiling’s family a letter because she wanted them to know she was sorry.
Both Groves and Garcia ran from the crash scene without checking on the family. Paul Garcia struck a plea deal in the case last month on car theft and hit-and-run charges. it calls for six years in prison, instead of 10 years.
Closing arguments are scheduled for Wednesday morning, then the jury will begin deliberations.