A 51-year-old man joined with two others to run a marijuana dispensary worker with a backpack stuffed with cash off the road in Santa Ana, gunning him down and stealing the loot and the victim’s cell phone, a prosecutor told jurors Wednesday — while the defendant’s attorney said there is “zero evidence” to prove his client’s guilt.
Antonio Lamont Triplett is charged with murder, with a special circumstance allegation of a killing during a robbery, and felony second-degree robbery.
Co-defendants John Ben Taylor and Ryan Jones, both 38, are awaiting trial.
They are accused of killing 29-year-old Osvaldo Garcia of Santa Ana on Sept. 16, 2019.
Garcia was driving home in his Honda Accord when he was run off the road by a gray Nissan at 17th and Bristol streets just before 1 a.m., Senior Deputy District Attorney Mark Birney said. Garcia was on the phone with his girlfriend, Carmen Munoz, at the time, Birney said.
Two men jumped out of the car that was in pursuit and opened fire on the Honda while Garcia was scrambling to climb out of the passenger side window, Birney said. The two suspects ran over to the other side of the car and opened fire again and