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Hearing set for Garcia’s killer

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From page A7 | December 11, 2013 | 10 Comments

Henry Don Williams

Henry Don Williams

FAIRFIELD — The next step in the effort by the killer of Fairfield City Councilman Matt Garcia to get his conviction overturned has been scheduled.

Presiding Judge Paul L. Beeman scheduled a Dec. 19 hearing for Henry D. Williams, who claims his 2010 jury trial was tainted by juror misconduct.

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.

Williams claims a juror approached his wife in the courthouse hallway during a break in the 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 acknowledges having a brief conversation with Williams’ wife, but denies anything other than pleasantries were exchanged.

Williams was found guilty of first-degree murder and was later sentenced to 50 years to life in prison. He is housed at California State Prison, Los Angeles County.

The Court of Appeal in October ordered the local courts to conduct a hearing on Williams’ claims.

Prosecutors say Williams’ 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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  • Lelou88December 10, 2013 - 8:30 am

    This is stupid.. he is just a knock crackhead who sobered up in jail and realized how OVER his life is. To bad! Quit wasting tax payers money!!!! He deserves alot worse.

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  • Kathryn CorbinDecember 10, 2013 - 9:46 am

    He is guilty of murder! He has been found guilty by a jury of his peers. All over an illegal drug deal gone wrong for $50.00. These are the facts. It is that simple. He actually got off pretty easy--he should have gotten LIFE or worse! Please do NOT grant him anything more ! Uphold the justice of the land. Keep this murderer where he belongs and lock his wife up as well for obstruction!

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  • Whenyou KNOW YOUknowDecember 10, 2013 - 11:27 am

    He took away a great person.. A real asset to our community. Idk why we as tax payers are still willing to pay the price for his actions!!

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  • sick to my stomach!!!!!!!December 10, 2013 - 1:17 pm

    This just makes me want to vomit! He deserves nothing more then a freezing cold, roach infested, never see daylight again jail cell!!!!He belongs where he is at but with much more deplorable conditions. He was rightfully convicted for Godsakes, the man confessed to his crime. And his loser wife she should be eating out of a garbage can because she's an animal just like him!!

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  • TboneDecember 10, 2013 - 8:47 pm

    Give it up, loser. You did the crime, man up and do your time.

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  • Vince GuisandeDecember 11, 2013 - 12:36 am

    I think the Judge, the bailiffs, the DA and his entire staff should have to give back their paychecks for their time during the first trail for allowing the jury and anyone else involved with the trail to do anything more than look at each other. This is just ridicules. Honestly I never gave two thoughts about this p o s other than he was just a stupid (enter cuss words here that are not allowed) crackhead. Now to put Matt's family through this fiasco is just insane. I hope he gets what he has coming to him in prison for doing this.

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  • Blanca BotwinDecember 11, 2013 - 5:02 am

    Vince, what about the county getting back the TENS OF THOUSANDS of dollars they paid to this creeps PREGNANT MARRIED GIRLFRIEND, in order for her to testify against him? That still has me peeved.They claim they needed her to find him. So the fact that she was an accessory by driving this jerk to the scene of the murder doesn't matter, because they "need her to get to him"? The entire ordeal is horrible, from Matt's murder, to paying for testimony from someone who should be in jail with her lover, the murderer.

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  • Kene WinstonDecember 11, 2013 - 10:18 pm

    As a matter of fact, this killer need an example of what he actually did. Yes, he didn't commit the crime alone, there were 3 in the car from what I know. Back to reality people.

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  • DebDecember 11, 2013 - 10:46 pm

    This is all just spinning of wheels, everyone take a deep breath! He is in prison where he will stay! HAVE FAITH PEOPLE!

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  • Mike GarciaDecember 12, 2013 - 7:54 am

    I don't understand how he can get a day in court on hearsay. This guy is grasping for straws.

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