New trial for quadruple murder in Palm Springs: testimony continues Thursday

Testimony was expected to continue Thursday in the retrial of Jose Larin Garcia, the man charged with the 2019 murder of four people in Palm Springs.

The judge refused News Channel 3 cameras to film the testimony. Larin Garcia’s first trial ended earlier this year with a deadlocked jury.

Yesterday the jury heard from a nurse who treated the suspect as a trauma patient. Desert Regional Medical Center emergency department nurse Rachel Johns explained how Larin Garcia fled the hospital before being returned to police custody.

News Channel 3’s Jake Ingrassia is in the courtroom to follow the latest developments. Follow live on Twitter.

Week 1

During opening statements, District Attorney and Assistant District Attorney Samantha Paixao asked the jury to hold Larin Garcia responsible for the four lives she said she stole.

Defense attorney John Patrick Dolan argued that another man, John Olvera, was responsible for the murders.

The jury heard from some of the first people on the scene after the killings, including neighbors who saw the bodies and the police officer who first made contact with the suspect.

Elna M. Lemons