CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - District Court Judge Steven Servaas ordered SocorroHurtado-Garcia to stand trial for the Feb. 5 killing of Ed Rasch, aprominent Alpine Township farmer.
At Hurtado-Garcia's preliminary hearing Monday afternoon, thejudge said enough evidence was presented to convince himHurtado-Garcia likely killed Rasch.
Probable cause is enough to order a suspect to stand trial.
A witness testified he heard the shot being fired inside theunit where Hurtado-Garcia lived, then he heard Hurtado-Garcia askRasch if he wanted another. The witness said he heard Rasch sayno.
Several other witnesses were called to the stand. A Kent Countysheriff's deputy said Hurtado-Garcia told him he had killed hisboss during the traffic stop
Other witnesses that lived on Rasch's farm in units nearHurtado-Garcia said he came to their units and told them that he'dkilled "the boss." Several witnesses said he was calm and seemed"normal" after the shooting.
A friend of the suspect, Marie Vasquez, told 24 Hour News 8 shebelieves Hurtado-Garcia killed Rasch. But someone else likelyencouraged him to do it, she added. Hurtado-Garcia was a heavydrinker, Vasquez said, and he was probably drunk and depressed atthe time of the shooting.
She hopes Hurtado-Garcia will get the help he needs and not justa prison sentence, Vasquez said.
Wednesday testimony alleged a Grand Rapids man admitted to family and friends that he killed his girlfriend Latrice Maze and put her body in a trash bin.
A domestic violence expert looked at dash cam video for 24 Hour News 8 Thursday that showed the Grand Rapids police response to an incident that allegedly happened the same day Latrice Maze disappeared.
A woman accused of perjury in connection to the homicide of Latrice Maze is back in jail.