Wife faces 2 to 4 years in slaying

first_imgLANCASTER – A Lancaster woman who was accused of murder in the fatal shooting of her husband was convicted Wednesday of involuntary manslaughter. An Antelope Valley Superior Court jury deliberated for three days before acquitting Crystal Garcia, 30, of first- and second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter. “It was an accident. The whole thing was an accident,” said Garcia’s attorney, Deputy Public Defender John Henderson. “This is good. It will be great to get the family back together. It has been hard on the children and hard on Mrs. Garcia.” The sentence for involuntary manslaughter is two to four years. Deputy District Attorney Ruby Arias did not respond to requests for comment. Garcia, who has been in jail since her November2005 arrest, remained in custody in lieu of $1million bail. No sentencing date was set. Garcia was accused in the Nov.15 slaying of 32-year-old Joshua Garcia, who was killed at the couple’s Lancaster home after an argument. The defendant telephoned the Lancaster sheriff’s station from their Gingham Avenue home to report that she had shot her husband accidentally during a fight, officials said. Prosecutors had said evidence indicated the shooting was not accidental. Henderson said on the day of the shooting Garcia had been thinking about committing suicide, took a gun with her into a bedroom, locked the door and went into a bathroom. “She was sitting on the toilet and crying and had cocked the gun. She said she didn’t know it was loaded,” Henderson said. “The husband broke into the bedroom, and we believe he grabbed for the gun, and it went off.” The bullet went through his hand, up his side and into his heart and then through the left shoulder, Henderson said. Garcia had threatened to commit suicide before, Henderson said. The couple has three children, ranging in age from just over a year to 10, authorities said at the time of the shooting. The children have been with Garcia’s husband’s sister, Henderson said. [email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more