ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – One of the suspects in the death of an Albuquerque mother and daughter has pleaded guilty to multiple counts in the crash that killed them. Paul Garcia’s plea follows a deal to testify against his counterpart, Elexus Groves.
Garcia pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon to four counts, including two counts of unlawfully taking a vehicle and conspiring to illegally take a vehicle. However, the plea bargain also comes with a new charge: knowingly leaving the scene of an accident resulting in grievous bodily harm or death. “You being a passenger with the driver of a motor vehicle involved in the deaths of Shaylee Boling and Shaunna Arredondo, you aided, abetted or caused the driver to knowingly fail to stop or return to the scene immediately of the accident to comply with New Mexico law. Did this happen in this case? A judge asked Garcia during the hearing. “Yes, your honor,” Garcia replied.