Jury convicts Kern County man of murder in Delano orchard killing

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A Kern County man now faces life in prison without parole after a jury convicted him of murdering a Delano man in an orchard in January.

On Wednesday, a jury found Daniel Garcia guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of Raul Quintana. 

Kern County Sheriff’s Office deputies found Quintana’s body in an orchard near Scofield Avenue and McCombs Road. The coroner said Quintana was shot multiple times.

The prosecution argued Garcia arranged to buy drugs from Quintana on Jan. 28. When the two met for the deal, Garcia shot Quintana multiple times. 

According to the District Attorney’s office, a Snapchat conversation revealed Garcia was angry with Quintana over an unpaid drug debt.

The prosecutor also argued Garcia robbed Quintana after killing him. 

According to the prosecutor, Garcia took the stand and admitted to shooting Quintana, but claimed it was in self-defense. 

During his testimony, Garcia said another man, Frank Sandoval, took the shotgun from him and shot Quintana as well. Sandoval was arrested on Aug. 17 and made his first court appearance in connection to his alleged role in the case Tuesday.

Garcia is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 26 and faces a maximum sentence of life without the possibility of parole.

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