DATE: December 18, 2019

CASE: Nicolaus Garcia & Felicia Bauman (Case #18FE012890)

PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Omar Singh, Homicide Unit

Nicolaus Garcia was convicted by a jury of the first-degree murder of James Hunt while armed with a firearm. Felicia Bauman pled no contest to voluntary manslaughter while armed with a firearm.

On January 28, 2018, James Hunt was with an acquaintance who was struck with a car passenger door.  Both men followed the car, which had crashed into a fence at the Intersection of Belden and Arcade.  Felicia Bauman drove up on the scene with Nicolaus Garcia as a passenger. A confrontation between Garcia and Mr. Hunt ensued.  After Mr. Hunt asked a resident in the area for help, Garcia and Bauman quickly left the area. Approximately 43 minutes later, Garcia and Bauman came into contact with Mr. Hunt inside an apartment complex on Eleanor Avenue. Garcia shot Mr. Hunt four times, killing him.

An allegation that Garcia has a prior 2016 strike conviction for residential burglary will be determined at the sentencing hearing.

Garcia faces a maximum sentence of 51 years to life in prison.  Bauman faces a maximum sentence of 12 years in prison.  Sentencing is set for January 17, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 11 before the Honorable Trena Burger-Plavan.