A man pleaded not guilty in San Mateo County Superior Court on Tuesday to allegedly stabbing his cousin in the abdomen in East Palo Alto last weekend, a deputy district attorney said today. Kilder Garcia is charged with one count of assault by means of
force with the special enhancement of producing great bodily injury, a charge that could land him in prison for up to seven years, according to Deputy District Attorney Elaine Tipton. Garcia is suspected of stabbing his 25-year-old cousin after the cousin said he thought Garcia was having an inappropriate relationship with the 12-year-old daughter of the cousin’s girlfriend, according to the district attorney’s office. Garcia and his cousin began fighting and Garcia allegedly bit his cousin’s finger as the two struggled, the district attorney’s office reported. Garcia then allegedly grabbed a knife and stabbed his cousin beneath the rib cage. The victim, who drove himself to the Police Department to report the stabbing around 1 a.m. Saturday, suffered serious internal
injuries and required surgery, according to the district attorney’s office. When officers contacted Garcia they allegedly found him in bed wearing only his underwear with the 12-year-old daughter of Garcia’s cousin’s girlfriend. Garcia remains in custody in lieu of $50,000 bail. He is scheduled to return to court July 7 for a preliminary hearing.
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