Jurors in the Franklin County murder trial of Jose Garcia-Morales watched a video Wednesday that included bone-chilling wails from three girls just minutes after they saw their parents gunned down.
The video was taken with a camera mounted inside the windshield of Pasco Sgt. Mike Monroe's patrol car and shows him pulling up to a quiet house with no people or cars moving outside.
He was sent to 505 Manzanita Lane at 8:33 p.m. Dec. 10, 2008, after dispatchers received two 911 calls -- the first a hang-up from mother Maria Ramirez de Garcia just before she was shot, and the second from the teen girls after the assailants left.
Monroe wasn't sure if the shooters still were inside, so he told dispatchers to ask the girls to come outside to his car.
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The camera captures in the car's spotlights sisters Erika and Maricela Garcia Ramirez walking out with baby Kimberly. Monroe was wearing a microphone that was connected to the recording equipment. There also was a microphone inside the car.
While the girls sat in the car's back seat sobbing and asking who could do that and leave their parents bleeding badly, the video shows other officers arriving to search the home. Once police confirmed the suspects were gone, the paramedics were allowed inside to check on Ramirez de Garcia and her husband, Alfredo Garcia.
Garcia-Morales, 28, is accused of going to the family's home with his older brother to confront Garcia about money they believed they were owed by being passed over for field work.
Ramon Garcia-Morales already has been convicted for killing Garcia, severely wounding Ramirez de Garcia and threatening the girls when he pointed a gun at them. He is serving 67 years in prison.
Prosecutors in Jose Garcia-Morales' trial have told jurors they can find that he either was the principal or an accomplice in committing the crimes.
He is charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, first-degree rendering criminal assistance and two counts of second-degree assault.
Wednesday's session lasted 11/2 hours. Prosecutors said they didn't have any other witnesses available, and Judge Carrie Runge already had informed the jury she was committed to preside over Adult Drug Court in the afternoon.
Maricela Garcia Ramirez, 17, told jurors she heard somebody knock on the home's front door but didn't check who it was because she figured her dad would answer.
She was in her oldest sister's bedroom when she heard gunshots and ran into the living room to see what was happening.
Garcia Ramirez said Ramon Garcia-Morales then came within 6 feet of the girls and pointed his gun at them, but her dad pleaded with the man not to shoot his daughters. Ramon Garcia-Morales then turned back to Garcia and shot him again, for a total of six times.
Meanwhile, Jose Garcia-Morales was "standing by the door. He would be checking to make sure the police weren't coming," she said.
Garcia Ramirez initially said she saw Garcia-Morales hand a second gun to his older brother when he ran out of bullets, but later told a defense lawyer that she wasn't sure if he actually gave him bullets to reload. Either way, Garcia Ramirez said she was sure Garcia-Morales did one of those things to help his brother continue shooting her father.
The trial resumes today in the Franklin County Courthouse.
-- Kristin M. Kraemer: 582-1531; kkraemer@ tricityherald.com