$850K bail set for Fourth of July murder suspect

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SAN DIEGO -- A man accused of stabbing his father-in-law to death during a fight at a Fourth of July backyard party in Logan Heights pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a murder charge.

Joseph Henry Garcia, 22, was ordered held on $850,000 bail.

Deputy District Attorney Rebecca Zipp alleged that Garcia stabbed Hermeneglido Parra 40 times before fleeing with several family members across the U.S.-Mexico border. Garcia returned to the United States the next day and was apprehended, the prosecutor said.

She said one of the stab wounds hit the victim's spine, paralyzing his arms. There were no defensive wounds on the 54-year-old victim, Zipp said.

Garcia's attorney, Joel Golden, told Judge Jay Bloom that he didn't think the evidence would support a first-degree murder conviction.

Officers responding to a 911 call went to the 3100 block of National Avenue, near Memorial Park and east of Barrio Logan, shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday. They found an unconscious Parra with multiple upper body stab wounds.

Paramedics rushed to the scene, but Parra was pronounced dead a short time later, SDPD Lt. Paul Rorrison said.

Garcia faces 26 years to life in prison if convicted.

A readiness conference was scheduled for July 17 and a preliminary hearing for July 21.

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  • laura

    sometimes the father in low are so mine, and then the real victim is the boy. but I do not know this case, but why too much hate. some times the mother is fault because prefer husband then kids. we will see.

    • mary

      If that is even your name.Your comment makes no sense. The person came into a home were he was welcomed and he harmed the not only one family member, but a whole family. He didn’t think of the pain he was causing, not only to the victim. He took away a father, a brother, a grandfather, a friend, so many roles. Now he pleads not guilty, did he not stab the victim so many times. Maybe you should be giving thanks to the virgin mary, she is our mother and she will make justice.

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