Convicted Cop Killer To
Appeal Death Penalty
March 31, 2008
A man convicted of killing a
police officer heads back to court on Monday.
Manuel Garza has received the death penalty,
but wants a new trial.
Garza killed Officer John Rocky Riojas in
February 2001 following a chase and struggle on the northwest side.
Garza used the officer's gun.
Evidence led police to Garza, but they say he
didn't give up without a fight. One officer spoke about Garza's
arrest during his trial.
"After I tackled him to the ground, I jumped,"
said Patrick Saenz of SAPD. "We're both on the ground. He began
swinging punches at me, trying to kick me, attempted to get away
Garza and his attorney plan to make an appeal
for a new trial today. We'll let you know what happens.
Police Officer John Anthony "Rocky" Riojas