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January/February 2011 , Page 12 

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Proving Self-Defense: Gunshot Wound Analysis in Crime Scene Reconstruction

By Louis L. Akin

In New Mexico v. Garcia,1 criminal defense attorney Lelia “Lee” Hood was faced with the unnerving challenge of trying to save an innocent person from a zealous prosecutor — not an altogether unique mission for a veteran criminal defense attorney, but a perilous one still. Her client, Jimmy Garcia, had shot and killed the wrong man to kill in New Mexico — a Bandido, a member of the notorious outlaw motorcycle gang dominant in that state. Because of the inferior investigative abilities of the local police and the precarious position in which it put the local prosecutor (putting Garcia on trial or being accused by the Bandidos of letting a killer go), Jimmy Garcia was facing a death sentence. It was not an official death sentence; New Mexico had repealed the death penalty. But the New Mexico state prisons were populated with Bandidos and if Jimmy Garcia was sentenced to one, it would be tantamount to an execution.

Danger lurked at the courthouse for Jimmy Garc

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