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 Christie Lynn Wilson

Christie Lynn Wilson

San Jose, Santa Clara County, California, USA
Death 6 Oct 2005 (aged 27)
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 15909147 · View Source
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Mom tells of Wilson's depression at slaying trial
Actions of the missing woman's boyfriend are probed by defense
By Hudson Sangree - Bee Staff Writer
Published 12:00 am PDT Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Story appeared in METRO section, Page B1

Prosecutor Garen Horst, left, questions former boyfriend of Christie Wilson, Daniel Burlands. as Burlands wipes his eye during the first day of the trial of Mario Flavio Garcia on charges of murdering Wilson.
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The mother of Christie Wilson took the stand Tuesday and said her daughter had been coping with her depression and was hopeful about finding a new job when she disappeared last October.

When Wilson went missing for two days and failed to call, Debra Boyd said she knew something was wrong.

"Call it mother's intuition," Boyd testified. "It just didn't feel right. I had this sick feeling in my stomach."

It was the second day of trial for Mario Flavio Garcia, accused of killing Wilson and hiding her body on Oct. 5, 2005, after the two met and gambled together at the Thunder Valley Casino near Lincoln.

A security video shows Garcia, 54, and Wilson, 27, leaving the casino together shortly after 1 a.m. Wilson has not been seen or heard from since. Her body has never been found.

In outlining his case Monday, prosecutor Garen Horst said he would prove that Wilson is dead and Garcia killed her. DNA testing showed blood stains and hairs found in Garcia's car were Wilson's, he said.

Defense lawyer Ron Peters spent Tuesday trying to cast doubt on the case against Garcia by questioning Wilson's boyfriend, Daniel Burlando, 31, with whom she had a stormy relationship.

Burlando had been suspected early on, but investigators shifted their focus to Garcia after detectives viewed the casino security videos of him and Wilson.

Under questioning by Horst, Burlando said he last spoke with Wilson on the night of Oct. 4 at 10:28 p.m., when she called from her cell phone to say she'd be leaving the casino soon.

She never came home that night. Burlando testified he became increasingly worried the next day, calling Wilson dozens of times along with hospitals and jails.

In a message he left on Wilson's cell phone the night after she disappeared, a desperate sounding Burlando tells her it's been 24 hours since they last talked.

"I'm worried sick about you," he said in the message. "There's a part of me that thinks you're not OK."

Next it was Peters' turn. The defense lawyer aggressively probed Burlando about his behavior around the time of Wilson's disappearance.

He asked Burlando why he had waited two days to contact police and Wilson's parents after he lost contact with her and why he had waited a day to go to the casino to look for her.

Burlando said he felt filing a missing person's report was a "big deal," and believed he ought to wait 48 hours to do so.

Peters also asked Burlando why, with his girlfriend missing, he had called a hair salon 38 times to make an appointment for a haircut. Burlando's answer was that the salon's phone was off the hook and he kept hitting resend on his cell phone.

"All this time you were very concerned about Christie Wilson, correct?" Peters asked.

"Correct," Burlando answered.

The missing woman's voice filled the courtroom on Tuesday afternoon as prosecutor Horst played a CD recording of a call she made to buy a self-help course for anxiety and depression.

Wilson told the operator she had been struggling since graduating from college with emotional problems, and they had affected her work and relationships, including causing her to lose a good job at Apple Computer.

"I just want to get my depression under control," she told the operator. "I want to get my energy and my happiness back."

The operator responded that the course, at six payments of $69.95, was "a lot cheaper than medication and therapy," and persuaded Wilson to purchase a nutritional supplement.

The evidence offered by the prosecution of Wilson's efforts to fight depression, and her hopefulness about landing a new job, were meant to counter defense suggestions that she may have committed suicide.

Asked what the purchase of the self-help course meant to her, Debbie Boyd said it showed her daughter was determined to deal with her problems and move on with her life.

Boyd said she saw her daughter 10 days before she disappeared.

"Have you seen her since that day?" Horst asked Boyd.

"No," the mother said.

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Garcia found guilty
A jury has found Mario Flavio Garcia guilty in the murder of 27-year-old Christie Wilson, who disappeared from the Thunder Valley Casino after a night of gambling with him in October 2005.


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