The man accused of killing a Burbank police officer last month
pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder charges Tuesday.
During his arraignment in Pasadena Superior Court, 19-year-old
David A. Garcia of Sun Valley was ordered held without bail. His next
court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 28, when a preliminary hearing
date will be set.
Dressed in a gray knit shirt and jeans, Garcia avoided eye contact
with the courtroom gallery and sat quietly next to attorney, Andrew
“Mr. Garcia entered a plea of not guilty because that’s his
position, and our position, right now,” Flier said during a press
Flier, a private lawyer recently retained by the defendant’s
family and friends, said he has yet to receive a videotape of the
Nov. 15 shooting, during which rookie Burbank Police Officer Matthew
Pavelka was fatally wounded.
The incident was recorded by the Ramada Inn at 2900 N. San
Fernando Blvd., the site of the deadly shooting.
Deputy Dist. Atty. Keri Modder confirmed Tuesday that the
videotape exists, but declined to comment on what it revealed.
Garcia is charged with Pavelka’s killing, and critically injuring
veteran Officer Gregory Campbell. Additionally, Garcia faces
special-circumstance charges for the murder of a peace officer in the
line of duty along with murder for the purpose of avoiding arrest --
charges that could make him eligible for the death penalty if
But prosecutors have not decided whether to seek the death
penalty, Modder said.
“The decision will happen after the preliminary hearing, after
some of the facts come out, after we’ve done some investigation as to
his background, factors in mitigation, factors in aggravation,” she