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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