COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A defense attorney has asked a judge to bar references of a man’s immigration status at trial and any potential sentencing hearing, calling it “anti-Mexican bias.”
The Gazette reports Denver attorney Carrie Thompson says the detail could turn a jury against him, where in Colorado the jury could impose the death penalty.
Authorities say 22-year-old Marco Antonio Garcia-Bravo was charged with murder in the 2017 shooting of high school students Natalie Partida and Derek Greer.
Prosecutors say if Garcia-Bravo is convicted, the defense could open the door to discussing his citizenship if his abusive childhood in Mexico is brought up.
The defense cites worries over how anti-immigrant rhetoric might influence the case.
The trial is scheduled for Jan. 6.
District Judge David Shakes holds the decision on what evidence is admissible.