12-year-old involved with murder in Huerfano Co.: police

Crime

After a Huerfano County father and son were arrested for murder, authorities now say it was the 12-year-old boy who fired first.

Captain Corey Daniels with the Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office said the two thought they got away with it. Heith Gleason and his 12-year-old son both shot Heith’s new girlfriend to death outside of his home in rural Huerfano County. 

Capt. Daniels said that a man called 9-1-1 to report that he had witnessed the murder of 41-year-old Amy Garcia.

The witness said the 12-year-old shot her first, with a .22 rifle, while she was trying to get in her car and leave. Then Heith Gleason shot her two more times with a different gun.  

Then according to the witness, somebody lit the victim’s car on fire with her body inside in an attempt to destroy all evidence of their involvement. The two of them also tossed their clothes and guns inside the burning car.  

The witness said that the couple didn’t seem to be in a visible argument but there was some tension. 

After leaving the state, Heith called dispatch himself in an attempt to throw police off and even told police where he was, believing he had an alibi and all the evidence was destroyed in the fire.  

Eventually, Heith and his son were taken into custody about 200 miles away at a McDonalds in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  

Heith was booked into Santa Fe County Adult Detention Center and his son is being held at Santa Fe Youth Development Program. 

Heith told authorities he was a prior felon and they found that he had other misdemeanor warrants out of Weld County, Colo.  

FOX21 checked Weld County records and found that Heith had been arrested last year for harassment and child abuse, also just before the holidays in December.  

Capt. Daniels told FOX21 Heith’s other son, not the one involved in this alleged murder, also had an active restraining order against him but could not elaborate.   

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