After years of postponements, a pre-trial hearing is scheduled next month for David Garcia, the man accused of killing Burbank Police Officer Matthew Pavelka in November 2003.
A routine stop outside the Ramada Inn that year escalated into an exchange of gunfire that left a veteran officer severely wounded and Pavelka dead after only 10 months on the force.
Garcia, 27, appeared in court in downtown Los Angeles briefly Tuesday morning, where a pre-trial hearing was scheduled for Sept. 23, official said. He is being held without bail, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
In 2004, Garcia was indicted on one count each of murder, attempted murder, possession of a controlled substance for transportation and five counts for weapons violations.
Garcia, who was 19 at the time of his arrest, alleged officer misconduct during the arrest. The FBI was looking into officer misconduct within the Burbank Police Department at about the same time.