We previously discussed the curious case of Anthony Garcia, 25, who was arrested after police noticed a tattoo on his chest that depicted an unsolved murder. The corpus delicti or body of evidence in this case is the defendant himself who was convicted yesterday for his role in the 2004 shooting at a Pico Rivera liquor store.
Garcia’s elaborate tattoo caught the eye of an officer in 2008 when he was picked up for driving with a suspended license. He was suspected of being part of the Rivera-13 gang and his tattoos were photographed. Later, Det. Sgt. Kevin Lloyd was looking through a mug book and was struck by what “looked like a murder from way back when.” (That alone is a pretty darned impressive catch). He drove to the store and pulled the old case file.
It not only named the store but captured the details of the crime scene with Christmas lights outside the liquor store to the bent light post in the store’s parking lot to the nearby convalescent home. The shooter is portrayed as a “Chopper” (Garcia’s gang nickname) and the victim, John Juarez, is depicted as a peanut (the symbol of the rival gang. To make sure that there is no mystery as to the message, the tattoo features the words “Rivera kills.”
At trial, police introduced testimony that, while behind bars, Garcia confessed to officers posing as gang members.
This rivals the stupidity of writing a popular rap song on your prior unsolved crimes.
Source: Daily Mail