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Man accused in 2017 killing of Colorado Springs teens awaits verdict

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) - One of two men accused of shooting and killing two Colorado Springs teens at point-blank range in 2017 is awaiting a jury's verdict.

Marco Garcia-Bravo, 24, is charged with first-degree murder in the alleged gang killings of Natalie Partida, 16, and Derek Greer, 15, along Old Pueblo Road in March 2017.

Garcia-Bravo is the last of ten people to be prosecuted in the case.

Gustavo Marquez, who pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder for his role, told investigators he helped lure the teens into the situation. He added that he, Garcia-Bravo, and Diego Chacon, the other accused shooter, all drove out to where the two teens were shot "execution-style." Marquez claims he stood by as Chacon shot Partida and Garcia-Bravo shot Greer.

Alexandra Romero, one of the other suspects who has since pleaded guilty, told investigators that she believed Chacon’s role was to murder Partida, because he was carrying the only gun and that Marquez was the kidnapper, because he was the only person that could get Partida in the car with them.

Romero told police that Partida was the intended target and that Greer was only murdered because he was present.

Court documents say Marquez gave details about what happened the night Greer and Partida were shot. The incident may have stemmed from Partida allegedly taking a purse from someone at a party.

Chacon was sentenced to 65 years in prison in Jan. 2019 after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.

If Garcia-Bravo is convicted of first-degree murder, he faces potential life in prison without the possibility of parole.

A jury is expected to start deliberations at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the El Paso County Courthouse.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Crime / El Paso County Crime / Local News

Brittany Wiley Staff

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