Letters to editor

Where is the justice?

By From page A11 | April 04, 2014

I’m disgusted and outraged by our so-called justice system.

Matt Garcia, youngest councilman in Fairfield history and the most amazing person I ever knew, was senselessly murdered by meth addicts over $50 he had nothing to do with and now his killer is being referred to as a “victim” (of alleged jury misconduct), granted a hearing for a possible retrial and allowed to represent himself, giving him the right to possibly question Matt’s family as witnesses.

Representing himself, he is given special rights and privileges in jail, like having his own little workspace and confidential mail.

I attended this trial and watched Matt’s family suffer through this harrowing experience of having to relive the night Matt was killed. Once was horrible enough, but the possibility of it happening again because of a ridiculous, unfounded claim (made years later) is unthinkable.

What system gives credence to a convicted killer’s obvious ploy to get out of prison, causing an innocent family this kind of suffering? What system could possibly force a murder victim’s parents to be called as a witnesses for their son’s convicted killer and be questioned by him? This injustice has caused the family undue strife and added to their daily, life-long turmoil of losing Matt.

I was there in that hallway where jurors were allowed to mingle with the public (another travesty) and there’s no way anything more than a few words were exchanged. Now, years later, we are in court hearing about this convicted killer’s rights.

What about Matt’s rights? He was robbed of the rest of his amazing life. At least the conviction of his killers brought some small sense of justice, although the driver was let off scot-free, another injustice. I’m ashamed of a system that would allow this to happen, where perpetrators are often treated like victims and victims seem to have no rights.

Henry Don Williams sits warm and fed in his cell complaining about being mistreated, while our precious Matt is gone forever. Ridiculous.

Shawna Serpas


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  • The MisterApril 04, 2014 - 8:25 am

    More to come, Shawna. As the corruption of our County's government and justice system unfolds to the light of truth, more and more victims will be victimized again... and this time by the crooks within our own County government. I will not be voting to reward corruption by voting for the current Sheriff or the current DA. Shawna, help me hold our corrupt Sheriff and DA accountable by at least not voting them back in come June. I pray we will have honest people running against them.

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  • Melissa JohnsonApril 04, 2014 - 9:16 am

    Thank you Shawna for taking the time and making the effort to alert our community to the horrors of the continued victimization done to victims of violence. Our system IS broken, and I also pray that honest representatives will step forward into the election process: People like Matt, who will make a difference, and hopefully not be gunned down when they learn the truth of our corrupt government. People that won't let criminals and accomplices that drive around murderers get off scott-free!

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