first_imgThe preliminary hearing testimony of Alberto Martinez, who said he had seen Caballero three times in Garcia’s home on the day of the murder, was read into the record. “No efforts were made to find the real killer because (the Sheriff’s Department) had made up their mind it was Eric Caballero,” McDaniel said. “If the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department had done their job, Mr. Caballero wouldn’t be sitting here,” she said. “The real killer would be here.” Dominguez said two witnesses, Martinez and Eugene Silos, placed Caballero in Garcia’s home when the murder was taking place. She said the apparent motive was that Caballero needed something he could sell for money or drugs. “He had friends when he had money or drugs,” Dominguez said. “He picked a family home because he knew a way out of the home,” she said. “He picked a home where he knew only Adeline Garcia would be there.” Evidence of the burglary and robbery was provided by George Campos, a friend of Caballero, who testified he saw him with two guns that looked like those taken from the house. DNA evidence of Caballero, Martinez and Garcia was found on the defendant’s tennis shoe, she said. During the preliminary hearing, Martinez had testified there was a mucus-like substance resembling blood on the shoe. McDaniel said with that evidence, maybe it was Martinez who did the killing. She also asked why so few fingerprints or DNA evidence were found in the home. McDaniel said that since the guns weren’t recovered, there is no way to know if Campos had seen Caballero with the exact guns from the home. Dominguez said it’s possible that only one fingerprint was found because the killer took the time to clean up. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “He went in there looking for something,” Dominguez said. “He found two guns. Unfortunately, Mrs. Garcia found him. He had to kill her because she knew who he was. He grabbed everything and anything he could and struck here.” Dominguez said a toilet paper holder, a bench, a bar stool, a broomstick and a hammer was used in the attack on Garcia. “Her blood was all around the room,” she said. Both of her wrists were broken, she had a fractured skull, a hole in her head, hemorrhaging in her brain, face and head and on her arm were defensive wounds. But Barbara McDaniel, Caballero’s attorney, said the prosecution’s case had holes. McDaniel raised questions about the Sheriff’s Department’s examination of blood and fingerprint evidence and why a key witness didn’t testify. NORWALK – A Superior Court jury must decide whether a 23-year-old La Mirada man brutally killed his 86-year-old great-aunt during a March 4, 2005 burglary and robbery of her La Mirada home or if the Sheriff’s Department got the wrong guy. Jury deliberations continue today. Deputy District Attorney Shelley Dominguez, in closing arguments Monday, asked the jury to convict Eric Steve Caballero of first-degree murder of Adeline Garcia of La Mirada with special circumstances of a burglary and robbery. The latter could send him to prison for life without the possibility of parole. Caballero also is charged with burglary, robbery and elder abuse. last_img

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