Yuma Sun

Hearing for man charged in attempted murder postponed

- BY JAMES GILBERT Sun STAFF WRITER James Gilbert can be reached at jgilbert@yumasun.com or 5396854. Find him on Facebook at www. Facebook.com/ysjamesgil­bert or on Twitter @Ysjamesgil­bert.

A Yuma County Superior Court judge on Wednesday postponed a hearing for a man who allegedly stabbed one woman and shot another one.

Attorney Michael Donovan, who represents Marvin Garnica, asked for a 30 to 60-day continuanc­e.

He explained that his client’s case can’t be resolved until the trial for a co-defendant – which was recently scheduled to get underway in October – has been completed.

Garnica, who appeared out of custody for the hearing, has been charged with attempted second-degree murder, hindering prosecutio­n and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

He has been out of custody since posting a $100,000 bond.

Garnica had previously been scheduled to stand trial in September, but it was ultimately vacated.

Upon hearing no opposition from the prosecutio­n, Superior Court Judge David Haws granted the request and scheduled Garnica’s next hearing for 8:30 a.m. on April 26.

In July 2020, deputies from the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a person with multiple gunshot wounds in the 2700 block of South Avenue 17E.

Upon their arrival on scene, deputies rendered first-aid to an adult female who had been shot multiple times, and an adult female with a single stab wound.

Both females were later transporte­d to Yuma Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatenin­g injuries.

During the course of the investigat­ion, YCSO investigat­ors identified Garnica as a suspect.

Deputies later arrested Garnica on Dec. 22, at approximat­ely 9:30 p.m. in the 8800 block of South Avenida Del Prado.


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