Prosecution wraps case in murder trial of man accused of killing teen in 2019

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) –  The trial of the man accused of fatally shooting a teen during a homecoming party will continue Thursday.  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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Jurors heard more forensic evidence against Garcia, accused of shooting 17-year-old Sean Markey outside a party. Thursday, firearms expert Michael Haag with the Albuquerque Police Department explained how they connected the bullet to Garcia’s gun and what position they believe Markey was in when he was shot.

“If you just take the torso and bend it forward, if you imagine the bullet coming at me at this line, it enters, and the bullet generally comes to rest in the upper left clavicle, that is as good of a position I could give anyone in a case like this,” Haag said while demonstrating the angle to the jury. “Is it your opinion that was the position of Sean Markey’s body when that projectile entered and traveled through his body?” prosecutors continued to ask. “Given the options on the table of concrete impact, that bullet, and shallow departure, that fits very nicely,” Haag replied.

Haag says the bullet that killed Markey outside of a party two years ago had marks on it consistent with it ricocheting off the ground before entering his body at a shallow angle, approximately 18 degrees. He says that calculation also narrows down where the shooter would’ve been standing and what casings were left behind, matching to what gun was likely used, thus connecting them to Garcia. They also did chemical testing on the indents found in the pavement near where Markey was shot, to see which tested positive for copper, helping them figure out where the bullet ricocheted from.

The prosecutors, on behalf of the state, wrapped their case late Thursday afternoon. The trial is now in the hands of Garcia’s defense lawyers, who are recalling detectives to the stand, including Det. Andrea Ortiz with APD’s Crime Scene Unit. Judge Loveless originally expected the trial to wrap on time by Friday afternoon, but it’s unclear if that is still the case.

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