It’s been nearly six years since Henry Don Williams was convicted for shooting and killing Fairfield City Councilman Matt Garcia.
“Our girls can’t even sleep,” Matt’s dad, Ray Courtemanche said, just before walking out of the living room of their Fairfield home, overcome with emotion.
“I can’t even comprehend what that would be like to have the convicted murderer of my son, who’s serving 50 years to life, actually address me and ask me questions,” Matt’s mother, Teresa Courtemanche added.
That’s exactly what could happen after Judge Rob Bowers ruled Wednesday that Williams can represent himself in a court hearing, which will decide if jury misconduct will lead to a new trial.
“I’m still in shock. I can’t believe this is happening again,” Theresa said.
Garcia was killed in a quiet Cordelia neighborhood, in what was characterized by investigators as a case of mistaken identity.
“I am extremely angry. I’m angry at a system that would allow this to happen,” Teresa said.
“It’s harsh. It’s a difficult place to be.” Ray added.
But from that place, they will continue to move forward, campaigning and writing letters, to advocate for victims’ rights.
“You never get used to him not being here,” Matt’s mother said, with tears.