A trial date has been set for a Leavenworth woman accused of tampering with evidence at the scene of an officer-involved shooting.

A trial date has been set for a Leavenworth woman accused of tampering with evidence at the scene of an officer-involved shooting.

Heather D. Garcia, 42, is charged with a misdemeanor count of interfering with law enforcement for allegedly tampering with evidence.

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, who is free on bond, has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

She appeared Wednesday in Leavenworth County District Court with her attorney, Christopher Bowers.

Bowers said he has continued to be in contact with County Attorney Todd Thompson regarding the case.

“We're still working on a couple of issues,” he said.

He asked that the case be continued for about 60 days.

District Judge Gunnar Sundby set a status hearing for April 4. At the request of Bowers, the judge waived the requirement for Garcia to be present for the next hearing.

Sundby said he wanted to schedule a trial in case the matter is not resolved with a plea agreement.

He scheduled the trial for May 16.

The trial will be without a jury, and the judge will determine the outcome.

Last month, the Leavenworth Police Department terminated the officer who fatally shot Antonio Garcia Jr.

Matthew Harrington was fired for violating the department's policy concerning the use of deadly force, according to Police Chief Pat Kitchens.

Kitchens has declined to comment about how the policy was violated.

There has been a separate criminal investigation of the shooting conducted by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Thompson has not yet announced a decision regarding charges resulting from the shooting. The county attorney said he also is having an independent expert review evidence in the case.

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