Former Wilton resident Charles Garcia, who was arrested last month following an investigation into a shooting incident involving his wife at their Grumman Avenue home in November, entered a not guilty plea on Tuesday during an appearance at state Superior Court in Stamford.
Garcia, 47, who was accompanied by a young man, consistently held a white handkerchief up to his face as he appeared before Judge Richard Comerford. He was represented by public defender Barry Butler.
Judge Comerford ordered that Garcia's monitoring device be switched to one that would keep track of his whereabouts 24/7 and in real time. Garcia, who now resides in Hamden, is ordered to remain in New Haven County at all times, except to attend appointed court dates in Stamford.
Garcia is charged with assault in the first degree and unlawful restraint in the first degree after he allegedly had a domestic altercation with his 39-year-old wife during which a rifle was discharged. Garcia and his wife both sustained injuries to their faces from the single gunshot fired. His next court date is scheduled for Feb. 19.
A judge at state Superior Court in Norwalk issued a protective order last week stating that Garcia must refrain from speaking with his wife and remain 100 yards away from her and her home, according to the Wilton Villager.
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