Pretrial filings in the murder case of Falls Church’s Vanessa Pham released last week indicate that the suspect in June 27, 2010 killing, Julio Miguel Blanco Garcia, stabbed Pham, a college freshman graduate of Oakton High School, 13 times in her car.
The filings, as reported in the Washington Post, show that Garcia, having smoked PCP, encountered Pham in the parking lot of the Fairfax Plaza shopping center. He was bearing a year old child and asked for a ride to the Fairfax Inova hospital. When Pham agreed to provide a ride, the suspect and child boarded her 2008 Toyota Scion, but he became highly agitated when Pham made a wrong turn. Fearful she would call police, he stabbed her repeatedly and then fled the car that had run into a ditch off the south side of Arlington Blvd. near Williams Drive. Fairfax police found Pham dead in the car. When the suspect was arrested on an unrelated theft charge last year, a fingerprint match was made and he was charged last December with Pham’s murder.
The murder trial will begin next Monday, Aug. 19.