Gunman pleads guilty to murdering disabled man


Jordan Hickey

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SAN DIEGO — The gunman in the “thrill” killing of a 21-year-old developmentally disabled man gunned down nearly four years ago pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree murder and lying in wait.

Humberto Galvez, 22, will be sentenced on April 24 to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the April 29, 2011, slaying of Jordan Hickey. Galvez originally faced the death penalty.

“It was a brutal, heinous, callous killing. We think there’s no excuse,” Deputy District Attorney David Grapilon said outside court. “It’s one of those cases that really chill you to the bone, knowing that people are out there that can do mean (and) evil things like this.”

Sheriff’s deputies responding to a report of gunfire found Hickey mortally wounded near his bicycle on a sidewalk alongside Grove Street in Lincoln Acres, a few blocks from his home in National City. He died at the scene.

Authorities said Galvez and co-defendant Juan Ignacio Gomez were “driving around, essentially looking for someone to shoot,” and just happened to pull up alongside Hickey, who was on his way home when he was shot three times.

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