Judge pushes Garza murder trial back one month

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EL CENTRO – The evidentiary hearing for 19-year-old Martin Gabriel Andrade, accused of killing BUHS senior Martin Garza, held a packed jail courthouse.

Family members and friends of the late Brawley Union High School student filled the visitor seats and the seats inside the courtroom. Some family members hugged and cried as the court hearing was pushed back yet again another month.

Andrade, who was positively identified by El Centro Police detectives as the person who stabbed the Brawley, CA. teenager, Martin Alberto Garza, on January 6, 2013, has been into court twice now and has plea bargained for a continuance each appearance.

A large sigh could be heard from the crowd after the Judge voiced the date for a new preliminary hearing, while others left their seats and walked out of the courtroom.

“I am here to support the family, I knew Martin Garza at Brawley High School,” said Erin Swift, 17, a friend of the late Martin Garza.

The new preliminary hearing is set for April 30, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at the El Centro Jail Court House. This hearing will determine whether there is enough evidence to require a trial. If enough evidence is found the hearing will also then set a date for the trial to begin.

“It was a continuance again, nothing big yet,”  Yulil Alonso-Garza, the mother of the victim, said about the court hearing as she walked out of the courtroom.