No verdict for 1st-degree murder charge in Garcia-Bravo trial; new trial expected to be scheduled

Victims Derek and Natalie.
Victims Derek and Natalie.(KKTV)
Published: Feb. 8, 2021 at 3:13 PM MST
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - After a murder trial that lasted for months, the jury couldn’t decide on a verdict when it comes to first-degree murder for the final suspect in the 2017 double-slaying of two Coronado High students. The sentence for first-degree murder is up to life in prison.

Marco Garcia-Bravo was the lone suspect to stand trial after a total of 10 people were linked to the March 2017 killings of 15-year-old Derek Greer and 16-year-old Natalie Cano-Partida. The nine others accepted plea deals.

After days of deliberating, the jury could not come to an agreement on six of the more than a dozen charges Garcia-Bravo is facing. That decision came down to a lone juror, who, according to our news partners The Gazette, said they felt like they were “held hostage” by the other jurors who were trying to get them to change their vote. That prompted a meeting with the judge, who brought the jurors in one by one Monday afternoon to ask if there was any chance the jury could come to reach a unanimous decision if given more time. Nine of the 12 said no, including the holdout who told the judge there was a “zero percent chance” of changing their mind.

After hearing from the jury, the judge sided with the defense, which argued in favor of a partial mistrial. Now the process begins all over again, starting with a hearing scheduled for Thursday at 8:30 a.m. to figure out the details on a new murder trial for Garcia-Bravo.

After 10 days of deliberating, the jury came up with the following decisions for the charges against Garcia-Bravo on Monday:

Count 1: First-degree murder, no verdict.

Count 2: Conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree, not guilty

Count 3: Charge of murder in the first degree after deliberation (Derek Greer), no verdict

Count 4: Conspiracy to commit murder (Derek Greer), not guilty

Count 5: Murder in the first degree, robbery (Natalie), not guilty

Count 6: Murder in the first degree, robbery (Derek Greer), not guilty

Count 7: Child abuse (Derek Greer), no verdict.

Count 11: Second-degree kidnapping (Natalie), no verdict

Count 12: Second-degree kidnapping (Derek), no verdict.

Count 13: Aggravated robbery (Derek Greer), not guilty.

Count 19: First-degree felony murder kidnapping (Greer), no verdict

Count 20: Conspiracy to commit second-degree kidnapping (Natalie), not guilty.

Count 21: Conspiracy to commit second-degree kidnapping (Derek), not guilty

Count 22: Accessory to crime, guilty

According to an arrest affidavit obtained in 2017, Natalie and her friend Derek were abducted at gunpoint from a party by Garcia-Bravo, Diego Chacon and Gustavo Marquez and forced to kneel execution-style before they were killed. Chacon took a plea deal and avoided a sentence of life in prison. Chacon was sentenced to 65 years in prison.

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