Witness testimony continues in trial for man accused of shooting teen at homecoming party

Albuquerque News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Thursday marks day two of the trial for the man accused in a deadly shooting at a homecoming party. Izaiah Garcia, 20, is facing first-degree murder, aggravated assault and evidence tampering charges for his role in the 2019 shooting. Thursday, the defense is expected to continue trying to paint a picture that someone else could have shot 17-year-old Sean Markey.

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Testimony Thursday focused on Garcia’s obsession to get even with another person. Tanner White, a friend of Garcia’s who was with him the night of the party where Markey was killed, returned to the stand Thursday. While prosecutors focused on what he remembered from that night, the defense brought into question if his testimony is even valid after he admitted to drinking that night.

“When you’re pulling away there and we can see your car go up on the curb and bounce back off. That wasn’t because you were trying to keep up with people. That was because you were intoxicated,” the defense lawyer asked White on the stand. “No, ma’am,” White replied.

Garcia is accused of shooting Markey, an innocent bystander who was waiting for his ride from the party, not far from where White testified that Garcia opened fire. The jury also heard from Gabriel Marquez, a friend of Garcia’s who was attacked a few years ago by Christian Mattock. Investigators say Mattock was Garcia’s intended target the night Markey was killed. During Marquez’s testimony, he actually shed light on the 2019 murder of Cayla Campos.

“Isn’t it true that you entered a guilty plea to some felonies and in exchange for that guilty plea, you believe that you will likely receive leniency at sentencing for your testimony today?” the defense lawyer asked Marquez. “Yes, ma’am,” Marquez replied.

Court documents show Marquez took a plea deal in the events related to the Campos case in exchange for his testimony. They say Marquez admitted to being with Garcia when they got a call that Christian Mattock was in front of a home on Granite Street near Bianchetti Park. Marquez told police they drove to the area and while they did not find Mattock, they did hold someone else at gunpoint. They noticed another car drive by and Marquez says Garcia fired at it multiple times. Police say this was the car 21-year-old Cayla Campos was shot and killed in. She was playing PokemonGo in the area. That case is still pending in Bernalillo County District Court and is not connected to the trial over Markey’s death. A trial is scheduled for that later this year.

Thursday, the courts clarified that Marquez was not attending the party whereas he was out of town at the time, but says Garcia told him about the incident a few days later. As of Thursday afternoon, lawyers continue to bring witnesses to the stand that were at the party.

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