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Jul 16, 2013

Though victim died, man found guilty of chopping fingers

A jury of six men and three women deliberated for hours to decide the fate of a fifty-five year old man accused of attacking another man. Romonio Garica was initially charged with Maim upon Alfredo Herrera but later indicted only for the Use of Deadly Means of Harm with Intent to Cause Grievous Harm. The chopping incident occurred on April first, 2011 between Miles twelve and thirteen on the Western Highway. After four o’clock this afternoon, the nine member jury emerged from the deliberating room and found Garcia guilty of the offense.  But their decision was not unanimous; it was at a proportion of eight to one.  At least one of the jurors thought he was not guilty but it was not enough to set Garcia free.  The victim was unable to appear in court because he died from unrelated injuries after losing his fingers; however, Prosecutor Kaysha Grant was able to get his statement into evidence. The two men were drinking when Herrera made a comment about Garcia’s wife. He retaliated, attacked Herrera and chopped him once to the left hand, severing four of his fingers and also injuring a fifth finger. Six witnesses were called to testify against Garcia but in his defense, Garcia, told the court that Herrera went to his house, left and returned with a bottle of rum. According to Garcia, he went inside, closed his door and fell asleep and woke up to find Herrera attempting to take his machete out of its case. Garcia concluded that somehow Herrera in his drunken state chopped off his own fingers. After finding him guilty, Justice Adolph Lucas has deferred sentencing on Garcia for July twenty-fourth 2013.

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