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FAIRFIELD—

New information may lead to a second chance for the convicted murderer of a Fairfield city councilman.

“I can’t even put words on it. We’ve tried to process Matt’s murder for these last five years. And it’s been unbearable,” said Teresa Courtemanche, mom of slain Fairfield City Councilman Matt Garcia.

But its heart ache and turmoil once again for the family of Garcia, who was gunned down and killed on Labor Day back in 2008. Investigators called it a case of mistaken identity.

And, now, three years after a jury convicted Henry Williams for the murder, the foreman of that jury may be key in now setting him free.

“We’ve initiated an investigation into the claims contained in the writ,” said Solano County District Attorney Don du Bain.

Claims that Williams’ wife spent time with the foreman – who allegedly offered his vote for sex.

That interaction was witnessed by Garcia’s own family, who reported it during the trial. But a judge ruled the juror could stay.

“I’d just seen them conversing and a little laughter,” Teresa said. “It could’ve been avoided by removing the juror and putting in an alternate when we asked for that.”

“We’re a family that believes God and we trust the order of things in this world,” said Ray Courtemanche, Garcia’s dad.

And after putting their faith in god, they’ll have to trust the prosecutor to prevail. The appellate court is reviewing the alleged juror misconduct.

“I have sympathy for the family. But we’re going to press forward and do our job and hopefully succeed at what we’re charged to do right now,” du Bain said.

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