There are many people cannot handle talking about politics but some people take it to the extreme.
That was the case with one Hillary Clinton supporter who was so enraged with being mocked for voting for the former secretary of state that he murdered his friend’s wife and shot his friend, Newsweek reported.
John Kevin McVoy Jr. was sentenced to the maximum of 35 years to life for the murder of Susan Garcia as she held her 2-year-old son.
It happened after McVoy and Garcia’s husband Victor Garcia, who were in a garage band together, started arguing with each other over politics on Jan. 10, 2017.
McVoy was teased for saying he voted for Hilary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election and Garcia told him to leave, prosecutors said.
Prosecutor Irene Lee said Garcia snapped his fingers, pointed at the door, and said “Get the (expletive) out of my house,” the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported.
After that, prosecutors said McVoy pulled a gun, shooting and injuring Garcia, and fatally shooting Susan Garcia, 33, as their child sat in her lap. The bullet first struck Susan Garcia in her left arm and then pierced her organs, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram.
Victor Garcia said he was in a coma for months, had two brain surgeries and still suffers from the effects of being shot in the head by McVoy.
“I wanted to grow old with her and raise our children,” the victim said. “She will never be able to see the fine young man my son is growing up to be.”
“My son not only lost his mother, but also part of his father,” he said.
The defendant apologized to the family and said it was not his intention to hurt anyone.
“As far as my remorse, I think about this every day,” the defendant said.
His attorneys argued that McVoy acted in self defense after he was threatened, but that argument did not work with but Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Laura Laesekce said McVoy who said he should have never had the gun with him or pointed it at the victims from the start.
“There’s no reason to be pointing a gun,” she said. “Mr. Garcia should not bear the weight of this crime.”
During the trial, McVoy’s defense attorney, Ninaz Saffari, said her client shot Victor Garcia in self-defense. Victor Garcia made violent threats to McVoy and picked up a can opener – which McVoy said he thought may have been a knife – from a table when he was shot, she said.
The second shot, which struck Susan Garcia while she held the couple’s 2-year-old son occurred during a battle for the gun with one of the bandmates, Saffari said. Susan Garcia died at the scene and the boy was not injured.
The jury, after four days of deliberation, found McVoy not guilty of two counts of attempted murder in relation to Victor Garica and the child. And he was also found not guilty of one count of child endangerment.