DeKalb County, GA, July 25, 2017 — The Post Reports — DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston announced in a Tuesday release, a conviction by guilty plea in the murder case against a man charged with the 2016 killing of a Chamblee taxi driver. According to the DA’s office, during plea proceedings last week, 22-year-old David Garcia-Mendoza entered a guilty plea to charges of Felony Murder, Kidnapping, Aggravated Assault, Theft of Services and weapons offenses in connection with the shooting death of 43-year-old Luz Mariana Matheu.
Matheu was gunned down on October 1, 2016 shortly after picking up Garcia-Mendoza from a Buford Highway hotel. Witnesses told Police during the investigation that they saw the two arguing in the front seat of the Matheu’s car while parked at a nearby gas station.
According to the DA’s office, Garcia-Mendoza then held a gun to Matheu’s head and forced her to drive away. “He pulled the trigger a short distance later, causing the victim to lose control of the vehicle and crash into a fence at the intersection of Warwick Circle and Woodacres Road in Chamblee,” says the release.
After fatally shooting Matheu in the head, Garcia-Mendoza fled the scene into a residential area and forced two men to the ground at gunpoint before escaping into a wooded area. He was arrested after being tracked down by Brookhaven Police K-9 unit.
During a police interrogation, the Garcia-Mendoza admitted being under the influence of drugs and alcohol and shooting the victim because she would not accept drugs as payment for his taxi ride, the DA’s office says.
Following his plea, Garcia-Mendoza was sentenced to life plus five years in prison by DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Gregory A. Adams, who presided over the case.
Senior Assistant District Attorney Buffy Thomas prosecuted the case with assistance from DA Investigator Sweden Bailey. Detective M.R. Winfield of the Chamblee Police Department led the initial investigation.