DATE: September 18, 2019
CASE: Julian Garcia & German Zamora-Canada (Case #16FE021333)
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Jeff Hightower, Homicide Unit
Julian Garcia was convicted by a jury of the first-degree murder of Cesar Aleman-Luna, two counts of attempted murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm. German Zamora-Canada was convicted of the second-degree murder of Cesar Aleman-Luna, attempted murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The jury also found true firearm allegations for both defendants.
On October 9, 2016, Julian Garcia and German Zamora-Canada got into an altercation with the surviving victims after a concert at La Nueva Tropicana nightclub on Arden Way. Garcia and Zamora-Canada pulled out guns and opened fire, striking three victims. Those victims survived, but suffered major injuries. Cesar Aleman-Luna was working at a taco truck outside the nightclub when he was also struck five times, killing him.
Allegations that Garcia suffered a prior strike conviction for assault with a firearm and Zamora-Canada suffered a prior strike conviction for robbery will be determined at the sentencing hearing.
Garcia faces a maximum sentence of 122 years to life in prison. Zamora-Canada faces a maximum sentence of 83 years to life in prison. Sentencing for both defendants is set for October 11, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 34 before the Honorable Ernest Sawtelle.