EL CENTRO, Calif. – Attorneys in the Martin Andrade murder trial made their closing arguments Thursday at the Imperial County Courthouse.
The defense claims it was an unidentified, tall man who stabbed Martin Alberto Garza three years ago.
The victim’s mother Yulil Alonso-Garza says the ordeal has been painful for her and her family.
“It was difficult to sit through and listen to all the facts being presented again,” Yulil Alonso-Garza said.
Hard to hear because details of Garza’s murder were described all over again in detail.
“It hurts every time that I have to hear how he tried his best to get away and be safe and defend himself,” Yulil Alonso-Garza said.
The victim allegedly went to a party in El Centro with his sister and friends near Seventh and Commercial Street back in January 2013.
The prosecution argues that Andrade stabbed Garza in his heart after an argument erupted between the two the night of the incident.
“It hurts every time that they talk about the blood he shed,” Yulil Alonso-Garza said.
The prosecution said some witnesses described a black-ops style knife used in the attack. They add that Garza tried to run but was attacked again by Andrade’s friends.
“I don’t think any person deserves to die that way, not my son or any other victim,” Yulil Alonso-Garza said.
The death of the former Brawley Union High School football player has changed the Garza family forever but they said they just want closure.
“Nothing will ever be the same. Our lives have been impacted and changed and I can’t change that. The jury can’t change that and no prosecuting attorney, or judge, or defense attorney can change that. But I know that it gives us a sense of peace of mind,” Alonso-Garza said.
We reached out to the Andrade family, friends and attorney but they did not want to comment.
Garza’s mother just trusts the jury’s ability to serve justice when they resume deliberations on Monday.
“And looks at the facts and realizes that my son needs justice,” Yulil Alonso-Garza concluded.