Trial begins in quadruple murder case in Palm Springs, alleged murderer faces death penalty

Trial begins Monday for Jose Larin-Garcia, a Cathedral City man who faces the death penalty for the alleged murder of four people in Palm Springs more than two years ago.

You can follow the proceedings as News Channel 3’s Madison Weil live from the courtroom.

Four victims, aged 17 to 25, were found shot dead in Palm Springs just before midnight on February 3, 2019.

Victims in Palm Springs Quadruple Homicide Case

Three of the victims were found inside a car that crashed on Sunny Dunes and El Placer roads.

“I heard this terrible noise around 11:30 at night… it was kind of a crash and a screeching noise,” a neighbor told News Channel 3 at the time.

The fourth victim was found in the street a few blocks away. Court documents reveal that the four victims were shot twice in the head.

When police arrived at Sunny Dunes and Desert Way, police found Larin-Garcia hiding under a truck. He looked drunk and covered in blood.

“They told him to get up from under the truck and the next thing the ambulance came up and they were working on the guy. And then they just took him away, ”another neighbor told News Channel 3.

We now know that Larin-Garcia was taken to the Desert Regional Medical Center for treatment. Security footage shows him running away from the property.

Detectives said he then went to a friend’s house who bought him a one-way bus ticket to Florida using a false name. Prosecutors said he was preparing to flee – shaving his head and beard to change his appearance. He was arrested while waiting at the bus stop.

In 2019, News Channel 3 spoke with family and friends of the victims.

“Right now we are showing everyone love and respect because they did not deserve this death,” said a family friend of Yuliana Garcia.

Larin-Garcia is charged with four counts of murder. He also faces a special-circumstance allegation of having committed multiple murders, which exposes him to the death penalty if convicted.

Opening statements are expected to begin at 9 a.m. Monday at the Larson Justice Center in Indio. Madison Weil of News Channel 3 will cover the case. Watch Monday at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. for further details on the case.

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