UPDATE: Madison homicide suspect headed to trial

Jose Vazquez-Garcia

UPDATED Monday, April 11, 2016 --- 6:16 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. --- A Madison homicide suspect has been bound over for trial.

39-year-old Jose Vasquez-Garcia was in court Monday. Vasquez-Garcia is suspected of killing his girlfriend, 24-year-old Christina Hatcher.

Vasquez-Garcia will be back in court at a later date.


UPDATED Thursday, March 17, 2016---5:27 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. --- A Madison homicide suspect was in court today for a his initial court appearance.

39 year old Jose Vasquez-Garcia is suspected of killing his girlfriend, 24-year-old Christina Hatcher.

Hatcher was found stabbed to death in February.

Vasquez-Garcia then tried to kill himself according to a criminal complaint.

He's facing first degree intentional homicide charges.

Cash bond was set at one million dollars.


UPDATED Tuesday, March 15, 2016---10:50 a.m.

MADISON, Wis.---A homicide suspect has been moved from the hospital to jail.

39-year-old Jose Vasquez-Garcia is accused of killing his girlfriend, 24-year-old Christina Hatcher.

Hatcher was found stabbed to death in February.

The day before she was found Vasquez-Garcia was taken to the hospital after being involved in a car fire.

Vasquez-Garcia is currently facing charges for domestic strangulation.

Madison Police say he is the only suspect in Hatcher's death.


UPDATED: Friday, February 26, 2016 --- 11:00 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. --- The Dane County Medical Examiner released the autopsy results of the homicide that occurred in the 2500 Block of Calypso Road, in Madison.

The examiner confirms the identity of the victim as 24-year-old Christina Hatcher.

An autopsy was completed on Thursday. Preliminary results of the autopsy show that Hatcher died as the result of homicidal sharp force injuries. Additional testing is being performed.


UPDATED: Friday, February 26, 2016 --- 3:45 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. --- Madison Police have arrested a homicide suspect for domestic strangulation.

Police reported 39-year-old Jose Vasquez-Garcia was arrested for domestic strangulation Friday. He not been arrested for First Degree Intentional Homicide.

Police said he remains the only suspect in the murder investigation of 24-year-old Christina Hatcher.

Hatcher was found dead in her apartment on Calypso road Wednesday morning. Police said her death was domestic related.
UPDATED: Friday, February 26, 2016 ---- 3:40 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. --- Court documents reveal more details surrounding the death of a woman and the man suspected of killing her on Madison's northside.

24-year-old Christina Hatcher was found dead Wednesday morning in her apartment on Calypso Road. A search warrant identified 39-year-old Joselino Vasquez-Garcia as a suspect in her murder.

Police said Hatcher's death is domestic related. Hatcher was found with multiple stab wounds, a black eye and injuries to her arms and legs according to court documents.

Scissors and a knife were found by police while executing a search warrant at the apartment. A glass pipe believed to be used for smoking marijuana was also found near the victim.

According to the court documents, detectives spoke with coworkers who worked with both Hatcher and Garcia at Applebee's. One coworker told police they had heard arguments between the two over Garcia's gambling problem and financial issues.

Garcia is in the hospital recovering from burn injuries.
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2016 --- 3:20 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. --- NBC15 has learned the name of a woman who was killed in Madison Wednesday morning.

24-year-old Christina Hatcher was the woman found murdered in her northside apartment according to a friend of the victim.

Police say her death is domestic-related. Hatcher's 39-year-old boyfriend is a suspect in the homicide investigation.
UPDATED Thursday, February 25, 2016---2:49 p.m.

MADISON, Wis.---Madison Fire Department said they responded to a car fire Tuesday afternoon near the soccer fields at Reindahl park on Portage Road around 4:20 p.m.

Authorities said when crews arrived on scene, they saw a four door passenger car fully engulfed in flames.

The suspect, the occupant of the vehicle, told police that he parked the vehicle in the parking lot, lit a cigarette, fell asleep and awoke to the car on fire.

A witness of scene told the Madison Fire Department that the vehicle was almost fully engulfed in flames when the suspect exited the right driver side door of the vehicle.


UPDATED Thursday, February 25, 2016---9:31 a.m.

MADISON, Wis.-- A man police suspected of killing his girlfriend has been hospitalized after suffering burns in a car fire Tuesday afternoon.

Madison Police were called to assist Madison Fire following reports that a vehicle was engulfed in flames near soccer fields at Reindahl Park on Portage Road around 4:20 p.m.

According to a release from the Madison Police Department, when officers arrived at the scene the suspect was being treated by paramedics and about to be transported to a burn unit.

Police said the car belongs to the victim, his girlfriend.

They said the suspect has not been arrested and is being guarded at a hospital.

Investigations into the homicide and car fire are ongoing.


UPDATED: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 --- 4:45 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. ---- Police have declared the death of a 24-year-old woman on Madison's northside a homicide.

The woman was found dead Wednesday morning in a Calypso Road apartment after a family member asked police to check on her.

The woman's boyfriend has been declared a person of interest in the homicide. The 39-year-old has been detained according to Madison Police Chief Mike Koval.

The two had reportedly been dating for a number of months and have been living together.

In a press conference, Koval said that the woman's death was domestic-related.

The killing was reportedly targeted. Koval said the person of interest will be arrested if they find probable cause in this case.

This is the second homicide of the year in Madison.

Posted Wednesday, February 24, 2016---2:00 p.m.

MADISON, Wis.---Police are investigating the death of 24-year-old woman found inside her apartment Wednesday morning.

According to a release from the Madison Police Department, a family member called around 9:10 a.m. regarding the welfare of a Calypso Road resident.

Police went to check on the woman's welfare and found her decreased inside her apartment.

Jose Vazquez-Garcia