Adriana Garcia, OC Homicide No. 52: Husband Allegedly Violated Restraining Order, Shot Her

Despite having a restraining order that legally prevented 36-year-old

Jose Antonio Garcia

from contacting his estranged wife

Adriana Garcia

, he allegedly went to her home at 1402 S. Mohawk Dr., Santa Ana, Saturday morning.

Jose, who was slapped with the order because he was accused of having roughed up Adriana in the past, shot the 34-year-old in the head, left her in a bedroom and called 9-1-1, according to authorities.

When police arrived, he was sitting in his truck with his gun pointed at his head. Following a nearly one-hour standoff with police that ended after the man heard a tape recorded message from his father, Garcia put the gun down, walked away from the truck and surrendered without further incident.

Adrina Garcia, who was rushed to a hospital in grave condition but died Saturday night, was the mother of five children, ages 7 to 18.

The Orange County District Attorney's Office statement on the case follows . . .

October 18, 2010

HUSBAND CHARGED WITH MURDERING ESTRANGED WIFE BY SHOOTING HER IN SANTA ANA HOME

SANTA ANA - A husband has been charged with shooting and murdering his estranged wife in her Santa Ana home. Jose Antonio Garcia, 36, Santa Ana, is charged with one felony count of murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 50 years to life in state prison. Garcia is being held on $1 million bail and is expected to be arraigned in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The arraignment is expected today or tomorrow, Oct. 18 or 19, 2010.

On the morning of Oct. 16, 2010, Garcia is accused of taking a firearm and going to the Santa Ana home of his estranged wife, 34-year-old Adriana Garcia. The defendant is accused of violating a restraining order, which the victim had obtained against him as a result of his past violence against her. Garcia is accused of murdering the victim by shooting her in the head and leaving her body in a bedroom.

After the murder, the defendant is accused of using his cell phone to call 911. Responding officers located Garcia sitting inside his car near the crime scene. The defendant is accused of being in possession of a firearm at the time of his arrest.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Mike Murray of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.


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