Woman Sentenced To 33 Years In Prison For Cisco Slaying
EASTLAND, Texas (AP) _ A woman has been convicted and sentenced to 33 years in prison in the murder of a store clerk who was shot in the head and whose body was then bathed, re-dressed and dabbed with makeup.
Brenda Gail Andrews, 24, of Austin was convicted Friday of organized crime activity, a general charge used frequently in Texas, in the slaying of Debra Jo Garcia, who was abducted, robbed and raped before being shot once in the head. Ms. Garcia’s tidied corpse was found two days after her Nov. 29, 1981, disappearance.
Ms. Andrews cried out ″God, I’m innocent,″ dropped her head and pounded her fist on the defense table as the sentence was read.
Two co-defendants, Richard E. Hinton, 57, Ms. Andrews’ uncle, of Austin, and Pat Starr, 24, of Gorman, were acquitted of the same charge.
Two of Ms. Garcia’s brothers, Charles and Thomas LeFlore, pleaded guilty in the murder earlier. Charles LeFlore is serving a 65-year prison term and Thomas LeFlore, a 50-year term.
Police found Ms. Garcia’s body with a .22-caliber slug in the head, her hair neatly combed, eyeglasses in place and her makeup freshly applied.
Thomas LeFlore, who is severely retarded, said before he was sentenced that Ms. Garcia was raped during a wild party at a pink house. She was killed and the men had sex with the cleansed corpse before it was discarded on a highway, he said. Last month, he recanted the statement.
Charles LeFlore’s account of the case resulted in the June 1985 indictments of Hinton; Starr; Ms. Andrews; Ms. Andrews’ stepfather, Joe Thomas Perry; and Ms. Andrews’ mother, Barbara Williams, for organized criminal activity.
Ms. Andrews had earlier received a 10-year probated sentence in 1983 when she admitted helping the LeFlore brothers dispose of the body.
Ms. Andrews’ stepfather and mother will stand trial later.