Police are saying that there were three other people with Julius Garza on
the night of April 7, 2012, when a man and a woman were shot dead in a
Center Township home.
And one of those other three was Alejandro Santino Sanchez, who police say
accompanied Garza into Jeffrey Trinka’s home that night when Trinka and
Jennifer Guinn were murdered.
Sanchez was booked into the Porter County Jail on Friday, charged with two
counts of murder. Garza was charged with murder only days after the
According to the probable cause affidavit filed by the Porter County
Sheriff’s Police, a woman has advised investigators that she and Sanchez
were at her house on the night in question, when Garza “came and picked them
up.” She, Sanchez, Garza, and also the woman’s brother then drove to
Trinka’s home at 1558 W. Lincolnway in Center Township, “in order to rob (Trinka)
of some marijuana kept at the house,” the affidavit stated.
“She further advised that the AK-47 was removed from the back of the vehicle
and was ultimately shot through the front door, killing Trinka,” the
affidavit stated. “She then advised that Garza and Sanchez reentered the
house. Shortly thereafter, Sanchez returned to the vehicle where (the woman)
was sitting and said that they needed to get out of there because there were
two people dead.”
At that point the woman, Sanchez, and her brother fled the scene, police
said. Responding officers, however, found Garza still at the scene, sitting
in a vehicle, police said.
Sanchez, when interviewed by investigators, “admitted being at the Trinka
residence” with the others but denied that they’d been there to rob Trinka,
the affidavit stated.
Garza, for his part, advised that he had already been at the home with
Trinka and Guinn, that he heard a knock at the door and a gunshot, and that
he’d hidden in a bedroom during the shooting.
But police say that the presumed murder weapon, a Saiga AK-47 style
semi-automatic rifle found outside the house, was purchased by Garza in
Trinka, 40, was found dead at the scene, at the base of a stairway in his
home. Guinn, 31, of Hammond, was found mortally wounded in the living room
and subsequently died at Porter Valparaiso Hospital Campus.