Man accused of stealing car, killing mother and daughter to stay behind bars

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The suspected car thief accused of killing an Albuquerque mother and her teenage daughter will stay in jail until his trial.

The judge decided Friday to hold Paul Garcia on no bond. Garcia pleaded not guilty to double murder for the crash that killed a Sandia High School freshman and her mom last month.

Garcia’s defense asked the judge for the possibility to bond out. But the state asked the judge to hold Garcia on no bond or a high cash only bond saying Garcia is a danger to the community.

Garcia is facing two murder charges along with Elexus Groves who police say admitted to being behind the wheel when the pair stole a van and slammed it into a family’s car while trying to get away from police.

Shaylee Boling, 14, and her mother Shaunna Arredondo-Boling were killed in the crash.

The defense argued Garcia was subject to Groves’ will saying she was the one driving the van that day.

Police say the pair was driving 78 miles an hour in that 35-mile-per-hour zone before that deadly crash.

Groves was also expected in court Friday but she wasn’t there. The defense said she was at the hospital but didn’t explain why. She did previously appear in court on crutches.

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