CROWN POINT | The Lake County Jail guard responsible for watching Barbara Garcia throughout her week-long murder trial comforted the 63-year-old woman before taking her back to her cell Tuesday morning.
The guard gently rubbed the Hobart woman's back as defense attorney Larry Rogers handed his client a tissue.
But Barbara Garcia would not turn and let the gallery see her cry.
It took a jury about 11 hours to find her guilty of killing her husband, Cipriano Garcia, 71, Oct. 30, 2003. She faces 65 years in prison when sentenced by Lake Criminal Court Judge Salvador Vasquez Nov. 15.
Barbara Garcia gave several statements to police that she laced his coffee with medicine to make him sleepy, then injected him with insulin, checking his pulse repeatedly until she found none.
Then she and her daughter, Tammy Garcia, tried for three days to load the body into his pickup truck. With his body in the garage, Barbara Garcia got her hair done, passed out candy to trick-or-treaters and played bunko.
Tammy Garcia is charged with moving a body. A hearing is scheduled today in that case.
Once they got Cipriano Garcia's body in the truck bed, Barbara Garcia drove to Illinois, where she dumped it near a pond off Sauk Trail and Burnham Avenue.
This was all done out of "pure hate" and wanting to hide that she gambled away $4,000, Garcia told police.
Rogers said the verdict did not surprise him.
"When your client gives four confessions, one of them videotaped and two audiotaped, it's a little hard to overcome," Rogers said. "But they (jurors) were thinking about something, being out for 11 and a half hours."
Deputy Prosecutor John J. Burke said the case showed the best and worst in people. Cipriano Garcia was a Korean War veteran who was a prisoner of war and earned several medals, including the Purple Heart.
"His body bore the fragments of shrapnel defending the rights defendants are entitled to," Burke said.
"Cipriano Garcia was a pretty neat guy who could survive the shots and wounds of war 55 years ago. It's ironic he couldn't survive the shots of his wife of 41 years," Burke said.
"When he was a POW he was put in a box in the ground. Because of that, he hated the rain. When she put his body out it was raining. ... What he hated the worst, she saw to it that's what he had at his final resting place."