Garcia’s killer gets delay in juror misconduct hearing

By From page A1 | June 06, 2014

Henry Don Williams

Henry Don Williams

FAIRFIELD — The killer of Fairfield City Councilman Matt Garcia in 2008 was in court briefly Thursday, getting another delay for a hearing to determine if he was the victim of juror misconduct during his 2010 murder trial.

Henry D. Williams had been scheduled for the hearing June 23. Months ago, he opted to get rid of his court-appointed lawyer and act as his own lawyer. Williams flip-flopped on that decision Thursday, asking Judge Robert Bowers to reappoint a lawyer for him.

Bowers ordered Williams to return to court Tuesday, when a lawyer with the Public Defender’s Office will be on hand to reschedule the hearing.

Bowers is the same judge who sentenced Williams to 50 years to life in prison after the jury found Williams guilty of first-degree murder.

Williams claims a juror approached his wife in the courthouse hallway during a break in his jury trial and began talking with her in a conversation that eventually included the juror offering to trade his vote for sex. The juror, who ultimately was the foreman, acknowledges having a brief conversation with Williams’ wife, but denies anything other than pleasantries were exchanged.

Williams shot and killed Garcia on the night of Sept. 1, 2008, in a drunken case of mistaken identity. Williams and an accomplice were looking for a methamphetamine dealer who had ripped off the accomplice for $50 earlier in the day. Williams mistook Garcia for the dealer and fired several shots at him.

The Court of Appeal in October 2013 ordered the local courts to conduct a hearing on Williams’ claims. Prosecutors say those claims are baseless.

Garcia, 22, was one of the youngest elected officials in the state when he was elected to office in 2007 at age 21. He was the youngest councilman in Fairfield history.

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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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  • 2realJune 06, 2014 - 6:01 am

    Imagine how much money their blowing 6 years later. Lock em up and throw away the key

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  • CD BrooksJune 06, 2014 - 6:22 am

    Dude is making a mockery of the system doing exactly what some folks here said he would. Tragic.

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  • boomJune 06, 2014 - 9:15 pm

    3/06/14-I told you guys he was playing the role. Lol.

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  • Antoine williamsJune 06, 2014 - 6:25 am

    This america if they say juror tampering it has to be investigated looking at how much support matt garcia has it easy to say mr williams did it but this is america

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  • BobJune 06, 2014 - 8:31 am

    Yes Antione this is America, better known as The United States of America, notice the capital letters, the man (for lack of a better work, might be animal) WAS tried and convicted. Now after being in confinement he has talked to other animals and has taken their advise on how to spend county money by coming up with LIES about anything just to mess with us because unless he moves the venue ( big word, look it up, or goggle it) he doesn't stand a chance around here because he's too STUPID to live in this area, drunk and shoots the wrong guy, WOW. How about you Antoine, what are you up to? Should you be watched or ARE you being watched right now? Keep looking over your shoulder because we are tired of bad people in this area, I watch my area very closely

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  • MikeJune 06, 2014 - 5:09 pm

    Since you are correcting, the word would be advice.

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  • BrookeDJune 06, 2014 - 4:48 pm

    Bob have you taken your medication for the mental disorder you have?!?!. The man is entitled to comment just as you are!!. I believe you just racially profiled him because of his name!. Sir, you're no better than criminals on the street!..Keep watching that neighborhood!. Paranoia is a terrible thing to have!. Being a bigot is also a terrible thing!....This man will never get out of jail and his wife will lie on the stand and he will still be in jail and be a murderer!.

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  • archieJune 06, 2014 - 5:31 pm

    Explanation point! Good job! Short pointless sentences! And explanation points!

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  • Mr. PracticalJune 06, 2014 - 6:30 pm

    Bob, don't feel bad. I racially profiled Antoine due to his name also. The French are nothing but trouble makers.

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