February 11, 2013
A Knob Noster man has been charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting death of his wife.
Anthony Garcia, 23, of Knob Noster allegedly shot his wife, Danielle R. Garcia, 24, at first reporting the incident as a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the head. He was charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action Saturday afternoon.
According to a news release, at 1:11 a.m. Saturday, Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to 17 S.E. 971 Road, Knob Noster. Deputies found Danielle on the kitchen floor with an apparent gun shot wound to the head, and she was pronounced dead at the scene by Johnson County Coroner C.L. Holdren at 2:15 a.m.
Johnson County Sheriff Chuck Heiss told the Democrat on Monday that officers were called to the scene by the victim’s parents who live across the street from the couple. Heiss did not offer a motive in the shooting and declined to discuss how investigators determined the injury was not self-inflicted.
According to court documents, Anthony was Mirandized and later interviewed by investigators. During the interview, “Anthony Garcia stated that he shot Danielle Garcia in the head.”
A Taurus .38-caliber revolver was located at the scene.
Anthony was booked into the Johnson County Jail and remains in custody in lieu of a $250,000 bond. Investigation into the case continues. If convicted, Anthony faces a sentence of 10 to 30 years or life imprisonment for second-degree murder, and three years without the chance of parole for the armed criminal action charge.
Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies were assisted at the scene by members of the Knob Noster police and fire departments, Johnson County Ambulance District and the Missouri Highway Patrol.