Man accused in fatal birthday party shooting due in court


Deputies say shots were fired at a home on Lauder near the Eastex Freeway yesterday.

Dozens of teenagers were there. Police say Johnny Benavidez and a group of friends showed up to the party uninvited. They were asked to leave and a fight broke out.

The group left the party, but returned with a gun and fired shots into the crowd. Edgar Garcia, 27, was shot in the face and died at the scene.

Benavidez was scheduled to appear in probable cause court at 6pm Sunday, but officials said he was being combative. His bond was raised to $105,000 and he is set to appear in court today.

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