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Material witness asks for GPS device

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Pasco, WA- A Franklin County judge this afternoon will consider equipping a GPS monitoring device on a material witness in a murder trial.

Prosecutors brought Diane Garcia to county jail over the weekend after police arrested her in California. Superior Court Judge Cameron Mitchell issued an arrest warrant last week when prosecutors say Garcia fled to avoid testifying against Vicente Ruiz.

Ruiz and Garcia reportedly lived together in 1987 when Ruiz allegedly murdered five men in a Pasco auto body shop.

Garcia's public defender argues Garcia had never been served a subpoena to testify, and had gone to California to visit her son before he left to serve in Afghanistan.

Garcia's attorney this morning proposed Garcia be freed from jail on the promise she wear the GPS device until after she testifies. Judge Mitchell deferred his decision until he knew more about the effectiveness of the tracking device.

The trial remains on hold while an appellate court considers Ruiz's attorneys' claim that the jury has been tainted by media coverage.