SALT LAKE CITY — Three Salt Lake men were all charged Wednesday with shooting and killing a Holladay man and shooting his son during a home invasion robbery.
Damian "Kuddy" Antonio Garcia, 19, Joshua "Panda" Nguyen, 21, and Keison "Kedders" Kuykendall, 18, were each charged in 3rd District Court with murder and aggravated burglary, both first-degree felonies, among other charges.
They are accused of breaking into the home of rival gang members, killing the father and leaving his adult son with serious injuries.
On May 21, Jonathan Jackson, 26, answered a knock at his door, 1821 E. Hidden Meadows Drive (4915 South), at 2:30 a.m. and several people forced their way inside as soon as he cracked the door open, according to charging documents.
Jackson was punched and hit with a gun and a fire poker.
Jackson yelled for his father while he ran to the kitchen to grab a knife, the charges state. Darrin Jackson, 46, came out of a bedroom carrying a pool stick and several shots were fired. Darrin Jackson died after being shot in the head and chest. Jonathan Jackson was shot in the hand, police say.
Unified police originally reported that Garcia was pistol-whipping the son before he was hit in the back by Darrin Jackson. After being struck, Garcia turned and fired two shots, killing Darrin Jackson, according to police.
Garcia admitted that he fired two shots at one man, then fired another shot when a second man came after him with a knife, charging documents state. He later allegedly told investigators he threw his gun into the Jordan River after running out of the apartment.
The Jacksons and the three defendants were members of rival street gangs, according to the charges. Bail for all three men was set at $1 million.
Nguyen told police he wasn't at the scene, claiming he was at dinner and a movie theater with his girlfriend, the charges state. Police say the girlfriend said he told her to lie for him if questioned.
At the time of the shooting, Garcia was already facing an aggravated robbery charge from a separate case. He was charged Sept. 30 with being a getaway driver after he and another man robbed a person at gunpoint of $2,200 cash and then fired a shot at him during an ensuing chase, according to charging documents.
In addition to the murder and aggravated burglary charges, Garcia was also charged Wednesday with two counts of discharge of a firearm with serious bodily injury, a first-degree felony; possession of a weapon by a restricted person, a second-degree felony; and obstructing justice, a second-degree felony. Nguyen was also charged with obstructing justice, a second-degree felony.
Garcia was out on bond when Jackson was shot and killed, according to court records.1 comment on this story
In 2014, Garcia — who had recently turned 17 — was charged with 10 felonies, including multiple counts of discharging a firearm. He was accused of firing at least eight shots during a drive-by shooting at a 7-Eleven parking lot near 3900 South and 500 East in what police called a gang-related retaliation. Garcia's mother was driving the car during the incident, the charges state, and she claimed she and her son were both Kearns Blood gang members.
Garcia was convicted in that case of illegal discharge of a firearm, a second-degree felony, and aggravated assault, a second-degree felony. He violated the terms of his probation, however, and a new trial was scheduled to begin Friday, according to court records.