▶️ Child’s murder trial now in the hands of jury; closing arguments complete

The fate of a Redmond couple charged with starving to death their 5-year-old adoptive daughter is now in the hands of a jury.

Closing arguments were made Thursday in the case against Estevan Garcia and Sacora Horn Garcia, who are charged with the death of their daughter Meliyanha Hope Garcia.

The 5-year-old girl weighted 24 pounds at the time of her death in December 2016.

Thursday the prosecution rested its case, arguing that Meliyanha lost the battle of wills between she and her parents and died of starvation, neglect and indifference. The prosecution urged the jury to do right by the little girl and find her father and mother guilty.

Central Oregon Daily’s Brooke Snavely was in the courtroom and has the story.


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