Westminster man convicted of shooting girlfriend

Staff Report
Posted 3/13/19

Jurors found Westminster resident Ezekiel Mark Garcia, 25, guilty of murder almost a year after he was arrested. A Jefferson County jury found Garcia built of killing his girlfriend, 22-year-old …

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Westminster man convicted of shooting girlfriend

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Jurors found Westminster resident Ezekiel Mark Garcia, 25, guilty of murder almost a year after he was arrested.

A Jefferson County jury found Garcia built of killing his girlfriend, 22-year-old Destini Martinez and convicted him of charges of first degree murder after deliberation and with a charge of tampering with evidence.

Police responded to reports of a gunshot victim at 5540 W. 79th March 7, 2018. Police arrived at the home shared by Mr. Garcia and Ms. Martinez to find her lying on the bed with a gunshot wound to her head. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to police, Garcia fled the scene with the couple’s five-year-old son prior to police arriving. They later found that Garcia had called 911 but reported false information about the shooting and a false name to the operator.

Police were able to trace Garcia’s cell phone as he traveled westbound on Interstate 70 to the Evergreen area and soon located the child at Garcia’s mother’s home. Thornton Police reported that Garcia turned himself in to them shortly after police located his son.

According to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office, March 7, 2018 was Destini’s 22nd birthday. She, Garcia, her family and friends had been out to dinner earlier that evening to celebrate. Garcia and Martinez had been in an on-again-off-again relationship since junior high school and witnesses testified that the couple had been arguing earlier that day.

At trial, Mr. Garcia testified that he traveled to Evergreen to get rid of the murder weapon. Mr. Garcia said that he threw the gun off the side of the highway when he was on I-70.

Sentencing is set for March 19 at 1:30. He faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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