WACO (June 27, 2014) A Waco jury decided on a life sentence Friday afternoon in the murder trial of Elton Reynoso, 23, whom jurors convicted Thursday in the 2012 murder of Dominic William Garcia, 18, who was a University High School student.
Elton Reynoso in court. (Photo by Kyle Muscarello)
“The jury’s verdict sends a clear message that this type of offense will absolutely not be tolerated in this community and also provides justice for a son, brother, and friend,” said Assistant District Attorney Chris Bullajian.
Garcia died in a local hospital after he was shot in the head during a disturbance in May 2012.
Reynoso was later arrested without incident during a traffic stop in the 3800 block of Charlton Avenue.
The area where the shooting happened is just blocks from the address where Reynoso was arrested.
Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said investigators determined two groups of individuals were involved in a disturbance at the intersection of Princeton Street and Rolando Avenue.
The neighborhood shooting escalated into a rolling shootout along the southbound Interstate 35 access road as the mortally wounded teenager was being rushed in a private car to what's now Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center.
After Garcia was loaded into a Chevrolet sedan, police say members of the other group followed in a separate car.
Shots were fired between the two cars along the highway, hitting cars near the Flying J's truck stop at I-35 and New Road.
Police said the car in which the victim was being taken to Hillcrest was stopped by a blowout as it headed down the I-35 access road.
Investigators say it did not appear the blowout was caused by a gunshot
At that point an ambulance was dispatched to the scene and the Garcia was taken to Hillcrest where he later died.
Reynoso has been held in the McLennan County Jail since May 18, 2012, in lieu of $260,000 bond, online records showed.
In some documents, including online jail records, his last name is spelled Reynosa.