The wife of a man who was fatally shot by a Leavenworth police officer has pleaded not guilty to tampering with evidence at the scene.

The wife of a man who was fatally shot by a Leavenworth police officer has pleaded not guilty to tampering with evidence at the scene.

Heather D. Garcia, 41, Leavenworth, is charged in Leavenworth County District Court with a misdemeanor count of interfering with law enforcement.

She is accused of attempting to hide an opened pocket knife she removed from a vehicle after her husband, Antonio Garcia Jr., was shot July 11 by a police officer in Leavenworth. Authorities believe the knife had been in the possession of Antonio Garcia Jr., according to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case.

Antonio Garcia Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene.

Heather Garcia entered the not guilty plea when she appeared in court Wednesday with her attorney, Christopher Bowers.

Bowers requested that the case be continued until Sept. 13.

Assistant County Attorney Joan Lowdon did not object to the continuance but noted that the clock has started in terms of speedy trial requirements.

District Judge Gunnar Sundby said the court has 180 days to bring the case to trial.

Sundby scheduled a Sept. 13 hearing to check the status of scheduling a trial.

Sundby said he had not seen a request for a jury trial in the case. Under state law, a trial for misdemeanor charges is conducted without a jury and with the judge deciding the verdict unless the defendant requests a jury.

Heather Garcia remains free on bond while her case is pending.

The shooting of her husband is being investigated by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

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