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Judge delays trial for man charged in high-speed crash

A district court judge delayed a trial date again for a man accused of injuring a woman in a high-speed crash nearly five years ago.

Hector Delaney Garcia, 28, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He appeared in court today during a docket call hearing to set the case for trial on Monday.

But State District Judge Martha Huerta, who is a visiting judge, re-set the trial date for next month to allow Garcia’s newly-appointed attorney more time on the case. State prosecutor Holt Feemster called the move “another delay tactic by the defendant to delay trial.”

Last month Amber Cervantes talked about how those court delays have affected her life, and said the court system has allowed the case against Garcia to languish by tactics employed by Garcia. Garcia is on his 6th attorney.

Garcia, who was out on bond, was remanded back to jail because the bond company says it hasn’t been paid.

The case is one of about 6,700 cases considered backlogged in Nueces County. The number of unresolved cases reached as high as 18,000 earlier this year. It’s part of an ongoing problem that leads to delayed justice for many victims.

Garcia’s attorney Gabriel Vasquez declined to comment.

Jessica Savage

Jessica Savage

Award-winning investigative reporter who has worked in East Texas and South Texas.
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