Adrian Garcia, 25, was arrested on Thursday and charged with second-degree murder for allegedly shooting and killing Phillip Munoz in 2003. By Andrew Michalscheck
PHOENIX -- Phoenix Police have made an arrest in a homicide case that is nearly 9 years old.
Adrian Garcia, 25, was arrested on Thursday and charged with second-degree murder for allegedly shooting and killing Phillip Munoz.
On August 9, 2003 police responded to a home at 5407 W. Granada Road and discovered that Munoz had been shot multiple times in the kitchen. Munoz was the live-in boyfriend of the homeowner, who was also Garcia’s mother.
The homeowner and her niece returned home the day of Munoz’s murder to discover her 22-year-old son had been locked out of the house. They entered the residence and found that Munoz had been killed.
The 22-year-old son denied having anything to do with the murder, and provided authorities with blood samples.
Garcia was not located or interviewed by police because investigators had learned that he had moved to California to live with his father.
During their investigation, authorities found a holster in one of the bedrooms that was believed to have belonged to Garcia. They also compiled an unknown DNA profile with evidence found at the home.
A break in the case finally came this past February when Garcia was arrested for an unrelated offense.
A DNA sample was taken from Garcia following his arrest, and it matched the profile taken from his mother’s home back in 2003.
Phoenix Police contacted Garcia in March but he refused to speak with investigators. Authorities were still able to obtain a court ordered DNA sample in order to confirm the previous match.
On Thursday, Garcia was picked up from the Durango Jail, where he was still serving time for his other offense, and re-booked on a second-degree murder charge.
Garcia has denied his involvement in the crime, and a motive for the murder has not yet been determined.