Bond denied in Chamblee taxi killing

DECATUR, Ga –The man accused of killing a taxi driver in Chamblee last month has been denied bond.

David Garcia-Mendoza is charged with murdering Luz Mariana Matheu, 43, on the night of Oct. 1, 2016. He is also facing charges of kidnapping and aggravated assault.

During a bond hearing on Friday morning, Judge Shondeana Moore noted that Garcia-Mendoza was wanted by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and that “he is a danger to the public.”

Prosecutors say Garcia-Mendoza called for a taxi to pick him up near the intersection of Buford Highway and Chamblee Tucker Road. Witnesses saw the cab stop at a convenience store with Garcia-Mendoza pointing a gun at the taxi driver.

Police say one witness followed the cab and tried to call police when the taxi veered off the road and crashed on Woodacres Road in Chamblee.

Matheu was found with a gunshot wound to the head.

Police say Garcia-Mendoza fled the vehicle and held two witnesses at gunpoint as he was running away. He was later arrested.

Garcia-Mendoza will be held at the DeKalb County Jail to await trial.

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