Man Arrested For Killing Mom While In Court For Minor Charges

He had expected to get bail that day.

By Jaime Lutz

A small theft case got a lot bigger when a man accused of stealing his mother’s credit card also got accused of murdering her—while he was in court for the minor crime, the Daily News reported.

Joseph Garcia, 31, of New York City, immediately began talking in what the Daily News described as “gibberish” when an assistant district attorney announced in court that he would be taken into custody on the charge of murder in the second degree.

His mother, Joan Viau, was missing for six days before her remains were discovered in a wooded area of upper Manhattan, which contains a lot of protected parkland. An autopsy showed that her throat was slashed.

Her car had been found last Wednesday with blood in the backseat and a bloody handprint on the ceiling. Surveillance footage allegedly showed Garcia using the car.

Garcia had come to court that day, his lawyer said, expecting to make bail.

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