On July 6, 2021, a jury found defendant Eduardo Galindo-Garcia guilty of the second-degree murder of Joseph Cox, who was fatally shot on June 9, 2018 in a road-rage incident.

The jury also found the defendant guilty of felony shooting at an occupied motor vehicle.

On June 9, 2018 around 10 p.m. the defendant was driving on 25th Ave. and Foothill Boulevard in Oakland, when he was cut off by another vehicle, driven by Mr. Cox. The two cars jockeyed back and forth for a couple of blocks, until they reached 38th Avenue. It was then that the defendant pulled out a gun and fired a single shot into the open driver’s window of Mr. Cox’s car; he was fatally shot in the head.

The Oakland Police Department Homicide Division was able to identify the defendant’s car through surveillance video. The defendant was arrested in September of 2018 at his home eight blocks from the location of the murder. A .22 caliber pistol linked to the shooting was found in his bedroom on the day of his arrest. The defendant’s girlfriend, a passenger in the car at the time of the murder, testified at trial.

The jury also found true the special allegation of personal and intentional discharge of a firearm, causing great bodily injury and death.

Mr. Cox was the father of five children and lived with his sister just a few blocks from 38th and Foothill. He had been working as a mechanic in the area on the evening of his death. Mr. Cox was also an organ donor. After his death, Mr. Cox’s heart was provided to a Bay Area man in dire need of a healthy heart. The two families have since become quite close.

Galindo-Garcia is expected to next appear in court on Oct. 28 for sentencing. The case was prosecuted by DDA Charles Bisesto, with the assistance of Inspector Caesar Basa.

Posted on Jul 7, 2021