Garcia’s killer files last of appeal paperwork

By From page A4 | December 04, 2012

FAIRFIELD — The appeals of the murder convictions for the men who killed Fairfield Councilman Matt Garcia in 2008 reached an important milestone Monday.

The lawyer for Henry D. Williams, who shot and killed Garcia, filed the last of the paperwork needed for the appeal that has been moving at a snail’s pace for more than two years.

The only step left in the appeal process before a ruling on Williams’ appeal would be oral arguments in front of a three-judge panel for the Court of Appeals. No request for oral arguments has been made yet by either Williams’ lawyer or by the Attorney General’s Office, which represents the state.

The paperwork for the appeal for Williams’ accomplice, Gene A. Combs, was completed in July. In August, Combs’ attorney asked to present oral arguments to an appeals court panel. The court has not set a date for those oral arguments.

Combs was with Williams in a car parked down the street from their drug dealer in Cordelia on the night of Sept. 1, 2008. The pair had gone to the area because the dealer had taken $50 from Combs for some methamphetamine earlier in the day, but then stiffed him on the drug buy.

As the pair were waiting, Garcia drove past them and parked at a nearby home to visit a friend. Williams mistook Garcia for the dealer, and with a gun provided by Combs, fired several shots toward Garcia, striking him once in the back of the head.

In separate jury trials in 2010, Williams and Combs were both convicted of murder. Williams was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison. Combs got 25 years to life in prison.

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Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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  • Fairfield CitizenDecember 04, 2012 - 10:24 am

    So their intention was to kill a man over $50?!

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  • BDecember 04, 2012 - 11:18 am

    not nearly harsh enough of a sentence. they both should fry. they took away one of the few youths in this town who was actually trying to make a difference, with all the potential in the world.

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  • Antonio CruzDecember 04, 2012 - 12:11 pm

    They got off wat to easy they get breath air and life for the rest of their natural life. There family can see them vist talk to them write to them Matt's family cannot he is gone. It is a shame that a good life was ended while total maggot scums like them still are alive! They should have been sentenced to DEATH and transfered to the state of Texas where they are not afraid to excesise the death penalty! I hope that these two find there 25 to L and 50 to L sentences miserable, I hope they become someones property in prison and are abused daily!

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