Bond reduction request denied for teen charged with accidental death of girl


    Giselle Martinez Family

    A bond reduction for Samuel Thomas Garcia was requested and denied Monday.

    Mug shot Samuel Thomas Garcia

    The teen's bond remains at $100,000 for the charge of an accident involving the death of 13-year old Giselle Martinez.

    The state said Garcia was a flight risk even though he had no criminal background.

    Both the magistrate judge and state agreed Garcia was considered a flight risk because he did not come forward right away in regard to the hit-and-run.

    The family of Martinez and Garcia both showed up to the magistrate bond hearing.

    There was an emotional outburst at the sound of Martinez's name, at which point the judge asked the family to compose themselves if they would be sitting in the audience.

    The defense said Garcia did what any teen in his position would do, which is go home frightened after hitting the girl.

    Martinez was walking home from school with her little brother Friday, Sept. 7 along Montoya Drive, when she was struck and killed by Garcia's truck. Garcia turned himself in three days later.

    Garcia was a fugitive wanted by the El Paso Police Department for a brief moment before he turned himself in, according to police.

    The arrest warrant was issued Monday, and the vehicle involved, a silver F-150, was seized with the help of the Sunland Park Police Department and New Mexico State Police, said police.

    CBS4 spoke with Giselle’s stepfather, Luis Simental, before and after authorities said the driver had been located.

    He described their bond as one of a kind and said she was special.









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