Mrs. Inez Garcia -- who became a heroine of the Women's Liberation Movement when she?
Mrs. Inez Garcia -- who became a heroine of the Women's Liberation Movement when she shot dead the companion of a man alleged to have raped her -- was given a five-years-to-life gaol sentence on Monday (21 October).
Mrs. Garcia, aged 30, admitted shooting dead Miguel Jiminez, aged 21, at Soledad California in March this year. She claimed he had stood by while another man raped her in an alley.
The mother of an 11 year-old son dismayed her attorney and shocked the Monterey courtroom by saying from the witness stand: "I killed the son of a bitch and I wish I had killed the other."
The judge reminded the court several times that it was a murder trial, not a rape trial. He called Mrs. Garcia a "huntress" - referring to the way she searched out her alleged rapists with a loaded gun - and noted that Mrs. Garcia's victim had not had the opportunity to stand trial.
The trial attracted hundreds of Women's Liberation supporters who demonstrated in support of Mrs. Garcia outside the courtroom.
Mrs. Garcia's attorney, charles Garry spoke about rape with NBC reporter, Fred Briggs.