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Testimony resumes in case involving former Calexico Police officer

December 09, 2010|By SILVIO J. PANTA | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer

A woman whose allegations of assault at the hands of a Calexico Police officer resulted in his dismissal gave testimony Wednesday in her effort to have a restraining order placed against him, an attorney said.
Lillian Zapata took the witness stand for three hours during the hearing that involved former CPD officer Juan Garcia and revealed that she was going to tell authorities that Garcia gave her drugs, said Garcia’s attorney Ryan Childers.
In addition, it was Garcia’s wife, Gabriela Leyva, who twice punched Zapata in the mouth during a heated and violent confrontation outside the La Hamaca sports bar in Calexico last year, Childers said.
Garcia had been arrested on charges that he assaulted Zapata but the charges were never filed by the Imperial County District Attorney’s Office.
Last week a confidential letter addressed to Garcia by Calexico City Manager Victor Carrillo stated that his employment with the Calexico Police Department was terminated over allegations that he broke Zapata’s jaw and had given her marijuana.
Those allegations were tied to Zapata pending the case against Garcia which is not complete and is still ongoing, Childers said. Furthermore, while Zapata and Garcia had been in relationship before it ended long before Garcia and Leyva got married, Childers has reported.
Staff Writer Silvio J. Panta can be reached at 760 337-3442 or at spanta@ivpressonline.com

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