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Deputy David March remembered 7 years after murder

Posted: April 29, 2009 1:22 p.m.
Updated: April 29, 2009 1:50 p.m.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy David March was murdered seven years ago today by a man now serving life without parole in a California prison.

 
On April 29, 2002, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy David March was murdered by Armando Jose Arroyo Garcia, a three-time convicted drug dealer and twice-deported Mexican national.

Deputy March, traveling alone in an LASD patrol vehicle, made a routine traffic stop in Irwindale, pulling over a vehicle Garcia was driving. There was a scuffle, then Garcia shot Dave execution-style, and fled the country to Mexico.

David William March was 33, and left behind wife Teri, a step-daughter, parents John and Barbara March, and younger sister Erin March Hildreth, of Santa Clarita.

Garcia remained in Mexico four years, and was extradited to stand trial for March's murder only after Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley took the death penalty off the table if Garcia were convicted, and Garcia had exhausted his appeals in Mexico.

Garcia pleaded guilty in a Pomona courtroom, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, and shipped off to Calipatria State Penitentiary in California's Imperial Valley.

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