Emotional Court Appearance for Teen Suspect

18-year-old Cindy Garcia walked out of the courtroom sobbing

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    NBC 7 San Diego
    Images of Cindy Garcia captured in a jail interview on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012.

    During a status conference on Thursday morning a teenager who was allegedly involved in a crime spree cried as the judge asked her to waive her right for a speedy trial.

    Cindy Garcia, 18, picked at her pink painted fingernails and as her attorney spoke with the judge. Before leaving the courtroom she gazed back at her mother and yelled, “Mommy! I love mommy!” in Spanish. She then called out to her mother once more before exiting the courtroom, sobbing as she left.

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    Marisa Ugarte felt the need to speak up on behalf of 18-year-old Cindy Garcia after running into the young woman in court moments after Garcia's arraignment. NBC 7's Diana Guevara reports.

    Garcia was taken into custody following a series of violent crimes that included two shootings, three robberies, carjackings and the burning of three vehicles.

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    In an interview from San Diego County jail, Cindy Garcia told NBC 7's Tony Shin about her alleged crimes and her relationship with a man old enough to be her father.

    In a jailhouse interview, Garcia told NBC 7 that she and her companion 40-year-old Philip Hernandez, who was shot in Barrio Logan at the height of the crime spree investigation, were involved in a serious romantic relationship. She said the two were married in Lake Tahoe this past June when she was just 17 years old.

    Her lawyer did not ask for bail review but asked that it be revisited at a later time. Garcia’s bail is currently set to $1 million.

    She will reappear in court later this month.

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