Jurors Hear "Little Machine" Confess to Shooting Woman in the Head; Her Last Words Were 'F--k You!'
SAN ANGELO, TX – Camille Garcia was shot in the head with a Smith & Wesson 9mm that was touching her skin when the trigger was pulled according to the forensic pathologist who performed the autopsy. Dr. Luisa Florez with South Plains Forensic Pathology in Lubbock told jurors in Andres Ramirez's murder trial that the barrel of the gun was pressed against the victim's head and showed graphic, morbid autopsy photos of the entrance and exit wounds.
Florez described in excruciating detail how Garcia was killed according to evidence on the body.
Assistant District Attorney Tiffany Sheppard showed jurors photos from the autopsy which showed no injuries on the victim's body except for the gunshot wound. Florez testified the bullet entered Garcia's skull just above the left ear and exited out the right side of the skull. Autopsy photos showed the entrance wound had a star pattern and there was gunshot residue in the entrance wound and the victim's blood was found in the barrel of the handgun.
Florez testified that during every autopsy they photograph any exterior wounds and tattoos. Sheppard showed jurors photos of Garcia's tattoos including the large tattoo on her abdomen which read "Southside," and one on her left arm which read "South" indicating gang affiliation.
The forensic pathologist said toxicology reports showed Garcia had a blood alcohol level of .16 and her blood also contained high levels of amphetamine and methamphetamine. Florez said those levels of drugs and alcohol are typical of individuals who abuse drugs an Garcia would've been intoxicated. Garcia could have been experiencing hallucinations and could've become aggressive.
The second witness on to take the stand on the second day of the murder trial was Tom Green County Sheriff's Deputy Sgt. Investigator Andrew Alwine who interviewed Ramirez and led the investigation beginning at the dumpster on Cactus Lane where Garcia's body was found. Alwine echoed TGCSO Sgt. Juarez's testimony from Monday that investigators used social media to identify the victim and to track down individuals who knew her.
The investigation showed Garcia had no close family in San Angelo and frequented a number of houses and individuals around Antonio St. in southeast San Angelo.
Sgt. Alwine testified that witnesses linked to Garcia through social media identified two men by their street names; "Monster" and "Little Monster." San Angelo Police and Texas Rangers were able to identify the street names of the suspects as "Machine" and "Little Machine." An investigator with the SAPD knew who they were and identified them as Aldopho Ramirez known as "Machine" and his son, Andres Rios Ramirez know on the street as "Little Machine."
As we reported Monday, detectives surveilled Andres Ramirez's residence at 629 Antonio St. and he was arrested during a traffic stop for driving without a license. Ramirez asked to speak to who ever was in charge. That was Sgt. Alwine.
Alwine testified that he met with Ramirez and interviewed him the day after the body was found. Prosecutors showed jurors the six hour video of that interview on Tuesday.
In the wide ranging interview which was broken up by smoke breaks for Ramirez, the suspect rambled on about where he was and what he was doing in the weeks and days leading up to the murder. He eventually admitted that he shot Camille Garcia in the head with the handgun that was found in his Pontiac Vibe.
Ramirez early on told Alwine the last words he heard Garcia speak were, "F--k You!"
District Attorney Allison Palmer showed the entire video of the interview to jurors.
At first, Ramirez said he didn't know anything about the murder. Ramirez was evasive and repeated over and over, "You know what I mean??" The interview was laced with expletives almost as graphic as the autopsy photos.
Part of Ramirez's interview included describing Garcia as a woman who came and went. She would show up at his house in the middle of the night for a shower and to sleep. Ramirez said over and over that she was not his girlfriend but he had sexual intercourse with the former stripper.
Ramirez eventually testified about the shooting. He said on the video that Garcia came over and they argued. He said she went to the bathroom and when she came out she sat on a couch across from him in the living room and she was "bitching about this and that" and wanting money and meth.
Ramirez said Garcia came at him with a knife and he was trying to restrain her. He testified he yelled,"Stop B--ch!" Ramirez said he was trying everything to put her down. He eventually testified that it was either him or her and she was evil and he couldn't control her. He grabbed the 9mm handgun from the couch and during the struggle shot Garcia in the head. "I shot her in the side of her head". In the video, Alwine had Ramirez demonstrate how the struggle took place.
When detectives left Ramirez alone in the interview room at the Tom Green County Sheriff's Office, he would sit with his head in his hands and didn't say a word. It appeared he had been through a traumatic event, but he never talked to himself.
Ramirez said during the interview that after the shooting, "I didn't know what to do. Something's not right. This sh-t's not normal!"
"I got the body out of the house. I wrapped it up in a blanket. Dude! That's not right! I put her in the (tote). I put the Pine-Sol in there. I poured it on the couch. A piece inside me was dead. She was tripping on me man. Yea, yea, she wanted money and dope."
Alwine asked about the knife Garcia was holding. Ramirez said several times he didn't know where the knife was. Investigators eventually found the knife in the trash at the crime scene.
Ramirez testified he wrapped Garcia's body in blankets, bound it with rope and stuffed into the blue tote. He said in the video that he picked up the tote and it broke because the body was too heavy. He placed the body in the tote in the back seat of his 2003 Pontiac Vibe SUV. "I know it was not the right thing. The blue tote was just there. I picked it up and put in the car at the side of the house." Ramirez continued, "I drove around like crazy. It was a last minute thing. It was not me doing this...it just happened."
Ramirez said during the interview that he wasn't employed. He told Alwine his work was, "confidential and private" and rambled on about British Intelligence. He said both his parents were incarcerated when he was young. Ramirez said he had been treated for mental issues by MHMR and was on medications in his youth.
Ramirez said, "I didn't tell no one. I covered he up. I tried to take it in my own hands. I didn't know what to do. My mind hasn't really been the same. I did what I did."
District Attorney Allison Palmer told the court she expects to rest the state's case Wednesday morning.
Then Defense Attorney Kirk Hawkins will present his defense of Andres Ramirez.
Testimony resumes at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
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