"Confession" letter could effect Alejandro Baez-Garcia murder trial

1:41 PM, Sep 13, 2012   |    comments
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Bartow, Florida -- As the murder trial for Alejandro Baez-Garcia is about to get underway, the court is trying to figure out what to make of a letter - written by someone claiming to be the "real" killer.

Is it real or a ploy?

The case involves 19-year-old Alejandro Baez-Garcia who is accused of killing a Lakeland teenager.

Baez-Garcia was arrested in January 2011, just hours after the shooting that killed 19-year-old Juan Castillo and critically injured his 11-year-old brother Jake Castillo.

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At the time, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said the pair had been targeted because Juan Castillo was wearing rival gang colors.

Deputies arrested Baez-Garcia, who they say later confessed to the shooting, telling officials the shooting happened as a van drove past the victims' house. Detectives said there were five people were inside the van.

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The trial was scheduled to begin next week, but the judge has granted a delay to allow defense attorneys to investigate the letter.

A hearing on the matter is scheduled for next month.

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