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Sentencing scheduled for trio found guilty of 2016 murder


Last updated 7/20/2018 at 9:02am

VISTA – Sentencing is scheduled for Friday, July 20, for Kevin Garcia, Tyler James Dean and Ryan Thomas Valdez, the trio convicted of murder in the January 2016 gang-related stabbing of a man outside a supermarket in Fallbrook.

Garcia, Dean and Valdez were all found guilty of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of 33-year-old Hugh Pettigrew III as he walked home from McDonald’s along Ammunition Road. Last December, the jury found that the three defendants had committed the attack as part of their affiliation with a Fallbrook gang.

Pettigrew managed to escape the attack and walk to his Alturas Road home before collapsing. When he arrived, family members called 911, and medics took the victim to a hospital, where he died 18 days later due to complications from his wounds.

A surveillance camera captured images of the suspects and the car in which they left the crime scene. That evidence, witness statements and other findings led investigators to identify Dean, Garcia and Valdez as the alleged killers.


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