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UPDATED: Man Now Facing Murder Charge in Death of Grandmother

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Suspect is accused of attacking grandmother and two uncles during a domestic dispute in Las Vegas, N.M.

A Las Vegas, N.M., man accused of attacking his grandmother and two uncles has been charged with an open count of murder in the death of his 83-year-old grandmother, who died three days after the alleged attack, the Las Vegas Optic reported.

Ryan Garcia, 27, initially was charged with three counts of felony aggravated battery after a Feb. 16 domestic dispute at 1116 Columbia St. in Las Vegas, according to the newspaper.

Garcia, who lives at the Columbia Street address, is accused of throwing his grandmother off the porch onto some concrete, where she landed on her head, the Optic reported. He also is accused of hurting his uncles, Robert and Ralph Garcia.


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Friday, 26 February 2010 11:49


A 27-year-old Las Vegas, N.M., man arrested and charged with three counts of felony aggravated battery early last week for allegedly attacking his 83-year-old grandmother and two uncles might soon be facing an even more serious charge because his grandmother has died, the Las Vegas Optic reported.

The newspaper said Ryan Garcia is accused of attacking grandmother Margaret Garcia and uncles Robert and Ralph Garcia on Feb. 16 during a domestic dispute that police responded to at a Las Vegas residence.

The Optic reported that according to police, Margaret Garcia was taken to Alta Vista Regional Hospital with a severe head injury. Police also said that Robert Garcia suffered a head injury and possibly internal injuries. Ralph Garcia reportedly declined medical attention, the newspaper said.

Las Vegas Deputy Police Chief Christian Montano told the Optic that Margaret Garcia died on Feb. 19, so the charges against Ryan Garcia likely would be upgraded. The newspaper said that could mean Garcia could be facing an open count of murder.

Robert Garcia told police he was in the house on Feb. 16 when Ryan Garcia began to yell at him and Margaret Garcia for no reason, the Optic reported. Ryan Garcia allegedly punched both of them in the face.

The newspaper said that according to court documents, Robert and Margaret Garcia attempted to leave the house.

Police said Ryan Garcia allegedly threw his grandmother off the porch onto some concrete, where she landed on her head, according to the Optic. Robert Garcia told officers that his nephew punched him repeatedly, preventing him from going to his mother to help her.

The newspaper reported that Ralph Garcia told police when he arrived at the house, he found his brother and mother lying in the front, and that Ryan Garcia hit him over the head with a pipe. Ralph Garcia was able to get the pipe away from his nephew and run for help, and police arrived a short time later, according to the Optic.