PROVIDENCEâ€” Following a nine-day trial of often graphic testimony, Armando Garcia, 32, with a last known address of 486 Mineral Spring Ave., Pawtucket, was found guilty Thursday of the murder of 30-year-old Brooke Lee Verdoia by a Providence County Superior Court jury.
The jury deliberated for five hours before returning with the verdict, finding Garcia guilty of murder, failure to report a death and driving a motor vehicle without consent of the owner. The trial was presided over by Superior Court Justice Susan E. McGuirl.
According to Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, during the course of the trial, the state proved beyond a reasonable doubt that in the early morning hours of June 25, 2010, Garcia brutally attacked and murdered Verdoia in her home, while her young child slept. Garcia and Verdoia were involved in a romantic relationship at the time.
The evidence proved that Verdoia died from seven separate blunt force trauma injuries and seven stab wounds. After killing her in the living room, Garcia moved her lifeless body to her bedroom, where the State proved he staged a robbery and rape.
During the course of the investigation, Pawtucket Police located Verdoiaâ€™s Cadillac Escalade in the vicinity of the home of Garciaâ€™s grandmother. A witness testified that while cleaning the Escalade at the request of the defendant, he saw blood on the interior of the vehicle. Despite the cleaning, blood was found inside the vehicle that was later determined to be Verdoiaâ€™s. Police obtained Garciaâ€™s clothes, which also contained blood evidence. Once arrested, Garciaâ€™s gave conflicting accounts to police and finally admitting he killed her.
â€śOctober is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and I can think of no case more than this to remind us of the tragic consequences of domestic violence,â€ť said Attorney General Kilmartin. â€śBrooke Verdoia was violently ripped away from her child and her family by a violent man who had no regard for her life. After he bludgeoned her to death, Garciaâ€™s only concern was to cover up his crime as he staged her home and her body to make it appear as a robbery and rape. He was not concerned for the safety of Brookeâ€™s young child, sleeping peacefully just a few feet away. He was not concerned for Brookeâ€™s mother, who found her lifeless body the next day. While todayâ€™s verdict does nothing to bring Brooke back to her family, I hope it will serve as a stark reminder that we all need to do more to end domestic violence.â€ť
Pawtucket Police Detectives Donti Rosciti and David Silva led the investigation. Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Criminal Division Stacey Veroni prosecuted the case on behalf of the Department of Attorney General.