April 14, 2024
Christine Garcia together with her daughter. Photograph through NBC Los Angeles Fb

A girl executed her former pal in Chula Vista as a result of she believed the sufferer had induced her boyfriend to be fatally shot by police, a prosecutor stated Wednesday, whereas a protection lawyer argued the sufferer was really shot to demise by gang members who set her consumer as much as take the autumn.

Opening statements and witness testimony had been heard Wednesday within the trial of Vanesa Gastellu, 31, who’s charged with homicide within the taking pictures demise of 23-year-old Christina Garcia.

The sufferer’s physique was found on the morning of Aug. 5, 2020 in a discipline close to the 3100 block of Primary Avenue.

Deputy District Lawyer Christopher Rhoads instructed jurors that Gastellu and others took Garcia to that discipline as a result of they believed Garcia had “snitched” to regulation enforcement, resulting in the taking pictures demise of their fellow gang member and Gastellu’s on-again, off-again boyfriend, David Angulo.

Angulo, 33, was shot and killed by Chula Vista police on July 20, 2020 following a automobile chase in a stolen truck. Prosecutors stated Angulo, who was a needed suspect in three shootings, ultimately ditched the stolen pickup and unsuccessfully tried to barge right into a residence. He then pointed a gun at officers who cornered him and was shot and killed, the San Diego County District Lawyer’s Workplace stated.

Rhoads stated that simply previous to the deadly taking pictures, Garcia was with Angulo in an SUV, which was being tracked by police. Sooner or later, Angulo ran from the SUV and carjacked the motive force of a pickup truck, resulting in the police pursuit and deadly taking pictures.

Rhoads stated Angulo’s demise devastated Gastellu, who later allegedly instructed a pal “I bought phrase that Christina was with him” and “I’m going to unravel this as a result of somebody snitched on him.”

One night time earlier than Garcia’s demise, she messaged her mom about threats she’d been receiving in reference to Angulo’s demise. She instructed her mom she was going to confront the individuals threatening her, the prosecutor stated.

Her physique was discovered the next morning with three gunshot wounds.

Rhoads stated that after the taking pictures, Gastellu instructed a number of others that she was the killer, together with allegedly telling one particular person “(Angulo) was my man, so I dumped on her and I dumped her physique.”

He additionally alleged Gastellu deleted location information on her cellphone and her Fb account lower than a day after the taking pictures.

Gastellu’s protection lawyer, Christine Fundamental, instructed jurors Garcia was killed by gang members who Gastellu “thought had been her associates” and those self same individuals threatened Gastellu’s life in that discipline.

Fundamental stated Garcia’s killers “left her to take the blame” and unfold rumors that she was concerned.

In line with the lawyer, plenty of individuals who claimed Gastellu confessed to them had causes to mislead police. Moreover, no bodily proof equivalent to DNA may tie Gastellu to the homicide, Fundamental stated.