Gilroy PD Files Charges, Releases Mug Shot of Suspect in 2010 Murder

By: Tony Cassara - Thu, 26 Jan 2012 17:49:04 -0800

The Gilroy Police Department is releasing a mug shot Thursday of a suspected murderer charged in an assault case dating back to April 2010. The suspect, Russell Edward Garcia, has been in custody at the Santa Clara County Jail on unrelated charges since about May 2011.

On January 25, 2012 the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office filed Murder and Assault with a Deadly Weapon charges against Garcia.

Garcia is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday January 27, 2012 on the charges.

On April 13, 2010 at approximately 2215 hours, Gilroy PD officers responded to a call of a disturbance in the 1000 block of Montebello Dr. When the officers arrived at the scene they found the first victim, 75-year-old Marcelino Cardenas, lying on a couch in the living room with severe head injuries and a second victim lying in the kitchen area with major injuries to his legs. The initial investigation revealed that the suspect (unknown at the time) attacked both parties with a baseball bat.

Cardenas succumbed to the injuries he sustained as a result of the assault and was pronounced deceased on April 25, 2010. The second victim, whose name is being withheld, was transported to a Bay Area trauma hospital and was later released after medical treatment.

Gilroy Police Detectives have worked diligently on this case since it occurred, continuing the investigation as additional information was developed by detectives.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact Gilroy Detective Michael Bolton at 408-846-0350. Parties wishing to remain anonymous may call We-Tip at 1-800-782-7463 (800-78-Crime).

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