ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The trial for the man accused in a deadly shooting at a 2019 homecoming party is now in its second week. 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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Monday, we heard from medical experts about what led to 17-year-old Sean Markey’s death. The bullet investigators say came from Garcia’s gun, wreaked such havoc on Markey’s body that it was unlikely he could’ve survived — putting holes through his liver, diaphragm, pulmonary artery, heart and both lungs.
“As a consequence of these injuries, there was bleeding in the chest and abdominal cavities, and there was swelling of the brain,” said Dr. Lori Proe, the pathologist who performed Markey’s autopsy at the NM Office of the Medical Examiner. “The pulmonary artery is a big blood vessel so if there’s a hole in it, a lot of blood is going to leak out. That causes you to lose blood which can be fatal.”
Dr. Proe told the jury the fatal bullet entered his right lower back and traveled upward, before lodging itself in his left collarbone. She was able to determine the cause of death as a gunshot wound of the trunk and the manner of death is homicide. Later this week, the state is also expected to call in a ballistics expert that can explain why the bullet traveled in that direction through Markey.
The jury also heard Monday from a friend of Markey’s who drove him to the party, and later, drove him to the hospital after he was shot. He suggested there was a group inside who may have had issues with Markey and his friends.
“What do you mean he didn’t like the people inside the party? How did you know that?” asked the prosecutor during testimony. “Because of previous actions. We had an argument with another group of kids,” replied Elijah Yambao.
Yambao proceeded to tell the jury Markey left about 10 minutes after arriving at the party because of the group — none of whom Yambao recognized or knew — while he stayed inside a bit longer before returning to his car. He says he left Markey and their friend Drew at the corner while he drove back to the party up the street to pick up another friend. When he returned, he says that’s when he found Markey on the side of the road with the gunshot wound and picked him up, putting him in his Jeep before driving him to Kaseman Hospital.
Yambao says he did recall a handful of people with guns inside the party but did not know who any of them were. Investigators say they found three different casings at the scene, including many 9mm casings, which detectives say, is what killed Markey.