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Bail Set At $3 Million Against Mario Garcia In Christie Wilson Murder Case

Mario Garcia, who is accused of murdering Christie Wilson was back in court attempting to get his bail reduced. Garcia had been held without bail; however, on Monday, the judge imposed a $3 million bail. Garcia’s attorney, Ron Peters, as any defense attorney would do claims his client is innocent.

Christie Wilson, who has been missing for over a month, was last seen leaving the Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln with Mario Garcia, 53. He has been charged with murder in the case and pleaded not guilty

Outside of court Monday, Garcia’s attorney, Ron Peters, said that evidence “points a finger at another person” — Wilson’s boyfriend, Daniel Burlando.

“God forbid that they conducted an investigation to the exclusion of any other potential suspect. And that may be where this is heading,” Peters said.

Maybe Attorney Ron Peters would like to explain why his client, Mario Garcia, was treated for scratches, claw marks and a black eye at a medical facility after Christie Wilson’s disappearance? It is suspected that Christie Wilson put up a fight from the medical records that have been obtained by authorities.

The records show the 53-year old from Auburn went to a UC Davis Medical building on Bell Road, shortly after Christie disappeared.

He was apparently treated for scratches and claw marks on his arms, as well as a black eye.

Lt. George Malim of the Sheriff’s office told FOX40 this points to a struggle and he believes Christie may have put up a big fight before being murdered.

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November 8th, 2005 at 02:15am Posted by | Christie Wilson, Mario Flabio Garcia, Missing, Missing Adult, Uncategorized | no comments

Suspect, Mario Garcia , Arraigned In Christie Wilson Murder

Mario Garcia was arraigned Tuesday on one count of murder and possession of a deadly weapon, in the death of Christie Wilson of Sacramento. Investigators previously stated that DNA evidence found in Garcia’s car matched that of the missing Christie Wilson

Additionally, a prior felony strike was alleged for a 1981 felony conviction in Alameda County, California. The felony complaint was filed by the Placer County District Attorney’s Office.

Garcia is suspected in the murder of Christie Wilson. In a video security tape, Garcia is seen exiting a local casino with Wilson on October 5 at 1:13 AM. Wilson has not been seen or heard from since that time and Garcia is the last known person to have been with Wilson.

Investigators say forensic evidence recovered from Garcia’s car is a DNA match to Wilson. Garcia is being held at the Placer County Jail.

Auburn Journal; Murder charge filed in Wilson case

Mario Flavio Garcia, 53, pleaded not guilty to murder charges to killing Christie Wilson, the women he had met and was caught on camera seeing leaving the Thunder Valley Casino.

The Auburn man accused of killing a woman he met at a Lincoln-area casino pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder and possession of a deadly weapon in Placer County Superior Court.

On Tuesday, Placer County authorities were attempting to build a circumstantial murder case without the body of 27-year-old Christie Wilson as defense attorneys sought more evidence in the case.

Garcia’s attorneys accused the Placer County Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s Office of withholding evidence. They filed a complaint with the court to demanding to see all the evidence against their client.

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Update: $35K offered for Wilson tip

The reward has been increased by Placer County Crime Stoppers to $35,000 for any information, tips or leads leading to the whereabouts of Christie Wilson.

Mario Flavio Garcia has been charged with her murder, but her whereabouts remains unknown. Garcia is being held without bail at the Placer County Jail.

To provide tip information, call Placer County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-923-8191. All tips may remain strictly anonymous.

November 3rd, 2005 at 06:06pm Posted by | Christie Wilson, Mario Flabio Garcia, Missing, Missing Adult | no comments

Christie Wilson’s Hair Found in car of Mario Flavio Garcia

According to KTUV the hair of the missing Christie Wilson was found in the vehicle of Mario Flavio Garcia. According to DNA testing a hair was found that matches Christie Wilson.

A hair found in the car of an Auburn man matched the DNA of a missing woman, prompting authorities to reclassify the disappearance of Christie Wilson as a homicide.

Mario Flavio Garcia, 53, had been referred to as a “person of interest” by Placer County sheriff’s investigators but was named a suspect in the case this week.

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Update: Garcia Named Suspect In Missing Woman Case, Christie Wilson.

Some three weeks after Mario Garcia had been considered a “person of interest” in the disappearance of Christie Wilson; Garcia is now considered a suspect in her disappearance.

Three weeks after a “person of interest” was seen leaving a Placer County casino with a missing Sacramento woman, the man is now being called a suspect.

Placer County authorities named Mario Garcia. 53, a suspect in the disappearance of 27-year-old Christie Wilson, who vanished after leaving Thunder Valley Casino in the early-morning hours of Oct. 5.

Authorities also said that the case has been changed from that of a missing person to a homicide.

While Garcia has not been charged in Wilson’s disappearance, detectives have named him as a suspect because hair found in his vehicle has been matched to the missing woman.

Search For Missing Woman Continues

AUBURN—Dozens of volunteers continued the search for Christie Wilson on Tuesday at a Lincoln quarry.

Meantime, a hair found in the car of an Auburn man matched the DNA of a missing woman, prompting authorities to reclassify the disappearance of Christie Wilson as a homicide.

October 26th, 2005 at 11:08pm Posted by | Christie Wilson, Mario Flabio Garcia, Missing, Missing Adult | no comments

Gilroy Family Agonizes Over Missing Daughter, Christie Wilson

The family of missing missing 27 year old Christie Wilson can only say the following after two long agonizing week, “We want to bring her home. We want that part of this nightmare over as soon as possible.

A Gilroy family is losing hope of finding their daughter alive. She has been missing for two weeks.

Christie Wilson, 27, of Sacramento, was last scene Oct. 4 leaving a Placer County casino with a man. But no one has heard from her since.

Images of Wilson and Mario Garcia, 53, were captured on casino surveillance video. Investigators are calling Garcia a “person of interest” in the case.

It only leaves many of us to wonder why such “persons of interest” are walking among us with past histories like they have? With past histories like this I guess we are to presume they will never occur again.

Garcia has been arrested on unrelated weapons charges and is in custody. Investigators said they found a hair in his car that may belong to Wilson.

Garcia has a criminal history that includes charges of rape, kidnapping and assault. His bail has been set at $1 million.

Update from KXTV, Investigators “Making Progress” in Missing Woman Case

Placer County investigators have located two of the three people they wanted to talk to in connection with the disappearance of a Sacramento woman

Authorities also said they talked to another casino customer yesterday who’d had contact with Wilson but was not one of the three seen on tape playing with Wilson and Garcia.

Lt. George Malim of the Placer County Sheriff’s Department said detectives are following all leads in the case and making progress every day. “We’re confident we’ll be making an arrest out of this,” Malim said.

October 20th, 2005 at 11:21pm Posted by | abduction, Christie Wilson, Mario Flabio Garcia, Missing, Missing Adult, Uncategorized | no comments

Investigators Continue to Search Thunder Valley Casino area to look for any sign of 27-year-old Christie Wilson

According to KXTV investigators continue to search and expand the search to cover the grounds of the Thunder Valley Casino property for any sign of 27-year-old Sacramento woman, Christie Wilson, who vanished after spending the night gambling at a Lincoln casino.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Department helicopter and ground teams on all-terrain vehicles spent much of Sunday scouring the property around Thunder Valley Casino to look for any sign of 27-year-old Christie Wilson. It was the second time the area has been searched.

Investigators believe Wilson and 53-year-old Mario Flavio Garcia met in the casino and spent much of the evening of October 4 gambling together. Wilson was last seen on a surveillance tape walking through the casino parking lot with a man investigators believe is Garcia at 1:15 a.m. on October 5.

Police have arrested Mario Flavio Garcia, the last known person seen with Christie Wilson.

Detectives arrested Garcia Friday evening near his Auburn home. He was booked on two felony counts of illegal weapons possession. The charges stem from a search of Garcia’s property conducted as part of the investigation into Wilson’s disappearance.

According to the sheriff’s department, bail for Garcia has been set at $1 million. The high amount is reportedly due to Garcia’s criminal history and concerns that he might be a flight risk.

Man Last Seen With Missing Sacramento Woman Arrested

Mario Flavio Garcia was arrested near his Auburn area home Friday night. They took him in on felony weapons charges, after investigators uncovered un-registered weapons during a search.

Still authorities are playing it safe, only calling him a “person of interest.”

“For us to name him a suspect at this point, we have to have a better level of probable cause other than the weapons charges. We still don’t know if a crime was committed although we suspect it,” said Lt. George Malim, Placer Co. Sheriff’s Department.

Update: Man Last Seen With Christie Wilson In Court

(CBS 13) AUBURN Several new developments in the case of a missing woman last seen at the Thunder Valley Casino in Placer County. The Auburn man who authorities consider a “person of interest” in the disappearance of the 27-year-old woman has made his first court appearance. And a new witness who saw the two together has come forward.

Fifty-three-year-old Mario Garcia plead not guilty to weapons charges Tuesday afternoon. He’s been behind bars since Friday with his bail set at $1 million dollars.

These charges are unrelated to the disappearance of Christie Wilson, Placer County detectives said again today he is the only ‘person of interest’ in the case. A person of interest who was the last to ever been seen with Christie Wilson. It would appear that many of these cases all have the same MO wouldn’t they, Christie Wilson, Taylor Behl, Julie Popovich and Natalee Holloway? Who was the last individual ever seen with the missing girl?

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October 19th, 2005 at 11:23am Posted by | Christie Wilson, Mario Flabio Garcia, Missing, Missing Adult, Taylor Behl | no comments