Is One’s Right to a Speedy Trial Violated in a Murder Case if 33 Years Passes From Date of Incident to Trial?

In 1976, Jose Garcia allegedly committed murder in Baldwin Park and then immediately fled to Mexico, tossing the murder weapon in the bushes alongside the freeway as he headed south.  He then moved to Texas.  In 2009, he was arrested in Laredo, Texas, brought back to Los Angeles, tried and convicted.  He appealed, arguing his right to a speedy trial was violated by the delay.  How did the Second Appellate District rule on such a claim?  To read about this interesting case that tests the limits of the right to a speedy trial, click here.


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