Tuesday, April 26, 2011 | 6:39am
L.A. Gangster Snitches On Himself w/ Crime Scene Tattoo, Convicted of Murder
Detailed murder scene tattoo was key evidence in 1st Degree Murder Conviction that landed gangster 65 to life.
So Yesterday morning while in the gym, one of my workout partners told me about this idiot and later in the day, Malcolm shared the link so I had to be sure to share it with the Nation. As an avid fan of the First 48 I know that the first 48 hours are the most important to a homicide investigation before the suspect disappears like a fart in the wind and a new case draws your attention away. But as Los Angeles County Sheriff’s investigator Kevin Lloyd will tell you sometimes diligence and some old fashion luck will is just as important. While looking snapshots of tattooed gang members, which as he says he does routinely, he came across a photo of Anthony Garcia, a member of the Rivera-13 gang.
Much like other gangsters, Garcia has many tattoos but one in particular caught his eye. It resembled the crime scene from the murder of 23-year-old John Juarez in Pico Rivera on Jan. 23, 2004. The tat was very detailed included the Christmas lights that lined the roof of the liquor store, the direction his body fell, the distinctive street lamp and even the street sign. And just in case he hadn’t given Detective Lloyd enough help, above everything read the title, “RIVERA KILLS“. In an appeal to his own narcissistic personality the tat was accented with the rendering of a helicopter pouring bullets in a reference to his alias, “Chopper.”
After a two-year investigation and a jailhouse confession obtained by an undercover Garcia was convicted of first-degree murder and faces 65 to life all because of a snitch…and the snitch being himself.
I of course only had access to the L.A. Times report and not the entire courtroom proceedings but I wonder if his lawyer ever thought to use the 5th Ammendment defense. “Pleading the 5th” protects a defendant from self-incrimination and reads as follows.
“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation”
I know its a stretch but the tattoo does require some interpretation. Its a story, told by the artist via the suspect. As long as he didn’t confess to the tattoo artist or anyone else (which we learned he would later do) all of that evidence is heresay and not enough to convict. Listen to me…like I’m any type of lawyer. We need a resident lawyer in the Nation because that would be my defense. None the less the tattoo is extremely preverse.