EDINBURG, Texas – It is an intriguing case where the defendant admits to finding the body of Alisa Garcia wrapped up in a blanket inside her car. The car was parked at his apartment late one evening after returning from a friends home.
Rather than calling the police Juan Manuel Hernandez says he decided to take the body into his apartment where he unwrapped it before going to police the following day.
The defense alleges the victim was killed by a boyfriend who three months prior was charged with trying to strangle her to death and holding her hostage. The defense also claims the investigation by McAllen Police was not thorough, but shoddy and that they rushed to judgement.
Taking the stand today were more than half a dozen employees of McAllen Police Department. Who either helped gather information or assisted with the investigation. Several audio recordings were played. One where Hernandez calls dispatch from the lobby to report the body. Another as a video interview with the suspect at a hospital where he was being treated for a self-inflicted wound.
During both recordings Hernandez’s story remained consistent. He explains that after taking the body inside and unwrapping it, he found a knife in the victim, which he claims to have given her for defense against the boyfriend.
Hernandez admits to removing the knife and cutting himself with it stating he has history as a cutter.
Throughout today’s testimony the defense attempted to show that investigators did not conduct a thorough investigation on the boyfriend. Including no background check and a search of his Mercedes, Texas home. Including three vehicles which the defense claims took just 20 minutes to complete.
Tomorrow more witnesses from the prosecution are expected to testify and the trial is expected to be wrapped up by the end of the week.