Day 6: Murder trial continues for man accused of killing teen at 2019 party


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The trial of the man accused of fatally shooting a teen during a homecoming party will continue Wednesday. Izaiah Garcia, 20, is facing first-degree murder, aggravated assault and evidence tampering charges for his role in the 2019 shooting.

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The homicide detective who identified Garcia as the suspect in the 2019 murder of 17-year-old Sandia High School student Sean Markey, took the stand again today. The focus was on the gun used to kill Markey outside of the party on Sept. 29, 2019.

Det. Sarah Kastendieck says fingerprinting was not requested on the casings found in the neighborhood after the shooting and they never recovered the gun used to kill Markey. However, out of the many people reported to have guns at the party, she was able to identify two — Garcia, and a teen later connected to the murder of two boys on the West Mesa.

“In those firearms that you are aware of, who do you believe those belonged to?” a defense lawyer asked Kastendieck. “One was Fabian Almentero who is ‘FaFa.’ The other was Izaiah Garcia,” Kastendieck replied.

Firearms and ballistics expert Michael Haag, who currently works as a scientist in APD’s crime lab, also took the stand Wednesday afternoon, detailing the bullets found at the scene and how they can pinpoint which gun was used to fire them, including the fatal bullet that killed Markey. Judge Loveless says the trial is still expected to wrap up by the end of the week. However, lawyers say they still need to get video testimony from a witness who is behind bars in Arizona.

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