Garcia’s killer wants to act as own lawyer

By From page A4 | March 05, 2014

Henry Don Williams

Henry Don Williams

FAIRFIELD — The man who murdered Fairfield City Councilman Matt Garcia in 2008 is seeking to act has his own lawyer for an upcoming hearing on whether he deserves a new jury trial.

Henry D. Williams is expected to be in court Wednesday to elaborate on the request he made in writing from his jail cell last week to Judge Robert Bowers.

Williams claims a juror approached his wife in the courthouse hallway during a break in his 2010 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.

A hearing with the juror and other witnesses to events during the trial is scheduled April 21.

Williams’ request, if granted, would create a situation in which Garcia’s family members, who witnessed some of the hallway interactions, could be quizzed by the man who killed their loved one.

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. He is serving a 50-years-to-life prison sentence. Prosecutors say those claims are baseless.

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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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  • TboneMarch 04, 2014 - 8:37 pm

    Good luck with that. Scratch that, you'll fail, no need to wish you luck. Acting as your own lawyer doesn't change the fact you murdered someone.

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  • Skeptic ScroogeMarch 05, 2014 - 1:44 am

    Please grant it! Then throw his wife behind bars for perjury!!! Aiding and abetting! Conspiracy!

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  • Blanca BotwinMarch 05, 2014 - 5:05 am

    Skeptic Scrooge-The DA's office saw something in Nicole the accessory, because instead of charging her, like they did Gene, they PAID her Witness Protection money! So, she drives the shooter to the scene, doesn't get charged but instead gets PAID to testify, with her unclean hands, NOW the courts have to waste more time and money behind her again? I wonder if Paulson will ever realize he messed up by paying an accomplice? Why was Combs charged, for sitting in the backseat, and the DRIVER wasn't charged, and was actually paid to testify? That fact has chapped my hide since I heard it, and I will continue to rant about it, each and every time anyone in this case is mentioned. "Details of Stewart getting more than $11,000 as part of a witness protection program in the months after the shooting were explored by Mendenhall, but Williamson repeatedly had Stewart say the money had not influenced her version of events. District Attorney David Paulson was criticized repeatedly over the decision not to charge Stewart with any crimes while charging Williams and Combs with murder."

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  • BMarch 05, 2014 - 7:49 am

    What a joke. This dude should have been buried a long time ago.

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  • NONE-YAMarch 05, 2014 - 11:23 am


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  • Volisa GardnerMarch 05, 2014 - 9:31 am

    The fourth word of this article says it all. Murdered. Why is fairfield wasting money on a closed case ? He was found guilty. Serve your time and quit whining about the choice you made.

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  • nikkieMarch 05, 2014 - 3:28 pm

    couldnt have said it better!

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  • boomMarch 05, 2014 - 6:19 pm

    A good lawyer once told me "The person who acts as their own attorney has a fool for a client"

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