Trial in murder investigation begins next week
The trial of a man accused of hiding information from authorities in the January murder of Joel Bravo was pushed back a week to Aug. 1 as detectives continue to work nearly every day on the case.
Javier Acevedo Garcia, 20, will be tried on a charge of accessory, a felony that carries a maximum of three years in state prison.
Arrested in March, Garcia provided authorities a few versions of what he heard or saw on Jan. 18 in Bravo’s rented unit at Blackwood Apartments at 3546 Spruce Ave., in South Lake Tahoe.
He also “made several different statements on who might be responsible in the Bravo murder,” said Assistant District Attorney Hans Uthe.
Bravo, who also went by the alias Elijah Deluna, was a drug dealer with stolen vehicles from Carson City parked in front of his apartment. He was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head.
Three people authorities believe are connected to the case have been arrested in unrelated matters but have not been formally charged in relation to the Bravo murder.
“They’re not giving us anything different than what we’ve learned,” said Brad Williams, a detective with the South Lake Tahoe Police Department.
Garcia remains in the custody of El Dorado County Jail at no bail.
In May’s preliminary hearing at El Dorado County Superior Court, Williams, the lone witness, testified Garcia told different versions of the shooting, where he was and who pulled the trigger. When first questioned by police he said he hadn’t seen or spoken to Bravo for two weeks, Williams testified.
Defense attorney Lori London could not be reached for comment. At the preliminary hearing she said authorities don’t know who the murderer is so don’t have an idea who Garcia is not identifying.
London said her client cooperated with investigators in subsequent interviews.
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