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Father waives hearing in kids' stabbing

Photo by Tori Boone

Photo by Tori Boone

LAWRENCEVILLE — A Lawrenceville father charged with fatally stabbing two of his children and severely wounding a third waived his right to a court hearing Friday.

Elvis Noe Garcia, 23, is charged with murder in the Feb. 9 slayings of his two boys — Bradley, 3, and Edward, 1 — and the stabbing of his other son.

Garcia was arrested two days after the murders. Charges against the man Garcia had implicated in the killings — Antonio Cardenas-Rico, the boyfriend of the boys’ mother — were dropped.

Garcia’s case will move to Gwinnett Superior Court for indictment. His attorney didn’t return a phone call for comment Friday.

Cardenas-Rico, 28, was scheduled to appear in a probable cause hearing on drug charges down the hall from Garcia’s hearing Friday. That hearing was reset, a prosecutor said.

Authorities dropped murder charges against Cardenas-Rico when video surveillance proved he was elsewhere when the boys were stabbed with a kitchen knife. Evidence showed that stab wounds to Garcia’s chest were self-inflicted, authorities said.

Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said Friday that Bradley’s twin brother, Joshua, remained in critical condition at an Atlanta children’s hospital last time he checked.

The hospital has stopped issuing media updates on the child’s condition at the family’s request.