Colorado father cited telling 12 year old son earning his man card after shooting dead mother of four, Amy Garcia. Both father and son face first degree murder.
A Colorado man is alleged to have told his 12 year old son that he ‘earned his man card’ following the murder of a mother of four in December.
The alleged comments from Heith Gleason, 35, surfaced in a cited police affidavit. Both the father and son have been charged in the woman’s murder.
The body of Amy Garcia, 41, was found on Dec. 20 in the driver’s seat of a burned-out car riddled with bullet holes in Walsenburg, Colo.
A witness who apparently interacted with Gleason inside his home prior to the killing told police that he and Garcia had been arguing about alcohol.
The witness told police that Gleason picked up a gun, said ‘I’ll kill her,’ and then walked outside. Moments later, a single gunshot was heard, then Gleason walked back in and said he didn’t kill Garcia, the affidavit said.
Police said the witness then told them Gleason went back outside with his son and a .22-caliber firearm, and more gunshots were heard.
When Gleason came back inside a second time, he told the witness that his son ‘just earned his man card’.
Heith Gleason murder leaves community reeling:
Authorities tracked the father and son duo down to a McDonald’s Santa Fe, New Mexico using cell phone data.
Captain Milan Rapo, with Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office, said: ‘It was a bad crime. I don’t think anyone in this community has had to deal with anything like that.
‘In a small community like this, especially with someone like Amy, a lot of people knew who she was.’
The father was jailed while the son was being held in a youth detention center. Both father and son face first degree murder charges.
Not immediately clear was the nature of the relationship between Gleason and Garcia.
Amy’s friend Lucas A. Valdez told KOAA New 5: ‘[She was] super amazing with all of her kids, every single one of them, she was very supportive.’