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Florida Deaf Inmate's Case to be Reviewed

Felix Garcia
Posted at 10:52 PM, Nov 18, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-19 03:55:18-05

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (WTXL) -  A deaf Florida inmate, who many believe was wrongly convicted of murder, is slated to have his case reviewed again.

After serving over 30 years in prison, the Florida Commission on Offender Review is having a "subsequent review" of the case involving Felix Garcia in Tallahassee Wednesday.

Despite an alibi that put him six miles away from the crime, Garcia is serving a life sentence for an August 1981 killing that occurred in Tampa. The killing was the result of a drug robbery gone bad.

Advocates for the deaf say Garcia's defense suffered during his 1981 trial, because he didn't have a court-appointed sign language interpreter. Garcia's brother, who was also convicted for the murder filed an affidavits attesting to Felix's innocence.

The subsequent hearing for Garcia takes place Wednesday morning at 9 am at the Florida Commission on Offender Review in the Southwood complex in Tallahassee.