VANCEBURG | The case involving a fatal stabbing in Lewis County will be handed over to a grand jury.
District Court Judge Brian C. McCloud heard testimony from Lewis County Sheriff's Deputy Dwayne Stone before deciding there was enough probable cause to send the case forward.
During the testimony, Stone said on Feb. 2, at approximately 1 a.m., the Sheriff's Office had received a call to respond to a home on Meadowbrook Drive in the Black Oak area of Lewis County.
When officers arrived, they found John Garcia outside the home. Inside the house was 46-year-old David Reed, who had been stabbed multiple times.
Reed was pronounced dead by Lewis County Coroner Tony Gaydos.
Stone said by the time he arrived on scene, officers had already arrested Garcia and placed him in the back seat of a cruiser.
"I went over to question him and he said he was sorry," Stone said. "He said he had to do it."
According to Stone, Garcia told officers he and Reed had spoken in code, and Reed had threatened his life. Reed allegedly told Garcia he would not let him leave the home and would "torture him."
Stone said after speaking with Garcia, he entered the home, at which time he saw Reed slumped over the couch with wounds on his back and neck.
A knife was also recovered from the couch.
Stone said there were also beer cans present at the residence.
"(Garcia) admitted to drinking some that night," Stone said. "He also admitted to having smoked marijuana."
Stone said there was also blood on Garcia's face, hands, torso and some on his shoe.
"He said he believed he cut himself during the struggle," Stone said.
Garcia was charged with first-degree murder and was lodged in the Lewis County Detention Center on Feb. 2.
McCloud ordered Garcia to be held without bond.
A Lewis County grand jury is expected to meet Feb. 28.