DNA Helps Close Peoria
Killer Sentenced to 22 Years
41-year-old Ricardo B.
Garcia was sentenced to 22 years in prison last week, nearly one
year after brutally murdering a Peoria woman inside her own home.
On March 26, 2004, family members found 30-year-old Melissa Baker
lying in a pool of blood at 7518 W. Cholla Street in Peoria. The
Maricopa County Medical Examiner determined she died as a result of
blunt force trauma to her head.
Ricardo Garcia initially denied any involvement in the murder.
However, an extensive investigation by Peoria Police Detectives led
to the discovery of traces of blood on a tire iron found inside
Garcia’s vehicle. DNA tests confirmed the blood was that of Melissa
Baker. In addition, a beer bottle found underneath Melissa’s bed was
proven to contain Garcia’s DNA.
On April 21, 2005, Garcia pleaded guilty to Second Degree Murder and
received 22 years in prison, the maximum possible sentence.
If you have any further questions,
please contact PIO Shelly Watkins at 623-773-8052.