Wife a no-show: Councilman’s killer to return to court in 2 weeks

By From page A1 | August 16, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Yet another delay arose Friday in resolving the question of whether the killer of Fairfield City Councilman Matt Garcia in 2008 deserves a new trial because of juror misconduct during his trial.

Dozens of friends and supporters for Garcia’s family were on hand at the courthouse for what was supposed to be a hearing about claims a juror during the 2010 murder trial for Henry D. Williams had offered Williams’ wife to vote not guilty if she would have sex with him.

Unfortunately for Williams, his wife was a no-show for the hearing, forcing a weeks-long postponement while Williams’ attorney tries to track her down and get her to court.

The wife last year detailed the encounters and discussions with the juror in a declaration signed under penalty of perjury. The declaration prompted the Court of Appeal in October 2013 to order a hearing for getting witness testimony about what happened among jurors during the trial. That has been repeatedly scheduled and then postponed by legal maneuvering by Williams and his attorney.

Prosecutors have said the claims raised by Williams’ wife are untrue. The juror has been questioned about the allegations multiple times in the past and has given varying descriptions about events.

Judge Robert Bowers ordered Williams back to court Aug. 29 when a new date for the hearing may be scheduled.

When the hearing takes place, Williams and his attorney are expected to call as witnesses Garcia’s mother and stepfather, Teresa and Raymond Courtemanche. They observed the juror in question talking with a woman in the courthouse hallway during a break in the trial. They reported the interaction with the prosecutor, which led to a brief hearing during the trial in which Bowers quizzed the juror briefly before concluding nothing inappropriate had occurred.

Williams and an accomplice had gone to Cordelia after a day of partying and drinking, seeking a drug dealer who had stiffed the accomplice for $50 in a methamphetamine buy earlier in the day. As the pair drove from the dealer’s home on the night of Sept. 1, 2008, Williams saw Garcia drive past and thought he may be the dealer. Williams fired several shots toward Garcia, fatally striking him once in the back of the head.

Friday’s hearing ended with no mention of Williams ongoing efforts to get his defense attorney removed from the case.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

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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  • gemmaAugust 16, 2014 - 8:39 am

    This is simple to solve, Just give the wife over $10k AGAIN in Witness Protection money, so she can show up to court. Wasn't that your excuse the last time you did it? "We had to do that with the wife so we could find the suspect." You teach people how to treat you, and the dummies at the inept DA's office taught her that if you are an accomplice in a crime where YOU drove the killer to the SCENE and away, you are an accomplice, but if you flip on your pretend husband(she was married to someone ELSE while this was going on,)and tell what you know, you will be compensated thousands by this broke state. It worked before, why wouldn't she try it again? C'mon, get those Wit Sec Funds rolling.

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  • JazzAzzAugust 16, 2014 - 8:39 am

    In yesterday's story, article, William's said that he just, wanted, "A fair shot." If it were up to me, THIS KILLER, and I refer to him as a KILLER, because he did KILL, Matt Garcia, I'd have given him his FAIR SHOT that he so deserves, as they would have done in China, A SHOT TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD!!!!!!

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  • discouragedAugust 16, 2014 - 11:10 am

    Why are they not demanding to see a marriage license on this fake marriage? Why isn't this scum arrested for violating a subpoena? Dont you think this was arranged for another delay? His phone calls to his fake wife should come to a stop.. his visits to his fake wife should come to a stop. Why hasnt the daily republic interviewed the DA as to why Williams has more rights than the victims. Why the lack of communication between the DAs office and the vitims mother? Our DAs office is running circles around this creep. Just like he wants them to do. Great communication mrs Adams. Way to start of your nee title! Lord help us

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  • P.J.August 16, 2014 - 11:07 am

    This is a constant torment to Matt's family. His beautiful and devoted grand-mother would like to see justice before she dies. When the juror spoke to Williams' wife in the court room and it was reported, the judge questioned the juror, and determined nothing happened. NOW, there's a hearing that claims he propositioned her? PLEASE, when will this end?

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  • rahAugust 16, 2014 - 8:52 pm

    How did he get into office ? Also why was he at a party ?what did he do for fairfield nothing.On to the next story.

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  • http://www.westerncity.com/Western-City/October-2008/In-Memoriam-Fairfield-City-Council-Member-Matt-Garcia/August 16, 2014 - 8:55 pm

    If you don't know from what you speak, then STFU!!!!

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  • http://www.dailyrepublic.typepad.com/mattgarcia/August 16, 2014 - 9:52 pm

    Nothing about Matt being at a party, stopping off to visit a friend. And even if he were going to a party SO WHAT???!!!

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  • http://abc7news.com/archive/6366741/August 16, 2014 - 9:55 pm

    Matt hardly had time to do much, just in office a short time. Williams needs a fair shot alright, like was earlier said, "A SHOT TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD!!!!!"

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  • Trixie's MomAugust 16, 2014 - 10:51 pm

    To rah: Matt got into office by running an good clean campaign and you don't know anything about anything regarding him! If he wanted to go to a party, good for him! We are all in a sad state; and poor Matt's murder was just the start! Fairfield has gone downhill since that day. I would have loved to see him become mayor about 6 years ago; we will never know what massive amount of good he could have done for this city.

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  • Mrs. JohnsonAugust 17, 2014 - 10:29 am

    What have YOU done for Fairfield, Rah?

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  • Mrs. Melissa Marie JohnsonAugust 17, 2014 - 10:47 am

    Well known to whom? City officials know her as the woman who ran a good, clean, positive campaign for city council, works tirelessly to help underprivileged youth, and heads up a city clean-up EVERY month. Police know het as an upstanding citizen with a clean record who is a major supporter of the Police Activities League. Community Leaders know her as a motivational speaker to youth, victims of violence, and prisoners. Drug addicts know her as a life saving mentor with DECADES of recovery. Her friends know her as family. Her husband knows her as the loving, dedicated, supportive wife that has his back so he can go out as save COUNTLESS homeless people through his work at Mission Solano. Her daughters know her as the best, most loving mother that any child could hope for. So who is it exactly that you think you know? It seems to me someone who can slander another and hasn't the gall to leave their real name, probably knows very little!

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  • Joel JayAugust 17, 2014 - 11:07 am

    @Twek_zilla~ That's some pretty good fiction you're churning out there. Maybe you should try writing for a living, maybe then you can move out of your mom's basement and get a life. But I guess you're more comfortable as a whiney little mommy's boy with no balls. You're not fit to clean the bottom of Teresa Courtemanche's shoes, let alone attack her, you coward.

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