Cold case unit files charges in murder case from 2003

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Charges for Murder in the First Degree and Manslaughter in the First Degree has been filed against his man for his role in a 2003 murder, 19 years later, according to the Oklahoma City Police Department (OKCPD).

OKCPD said that in September of 2003, the body of 51-year old Sandra Garcia was found in her home in Oklahoma City. Garcia had been beaten and stabbed several times inside her home.

In 2017, Garcia’s case was reviewed by the Oklahoma County DA’s Office and the OKCPD Cold Case Unit. Cold Case investigators discovered that DNA, retrieved from the crime scene back in 2003, matched Andrew Louis Canaday through the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation’s DNA database.

Canada is now 38-years old and incarcerated at the Jess Dunn Correctional facility in Taft, Oklahoma.

In May of 2022, an OKCPD Detective and Oklahoma County DA Investigator interviewed Canaday. As a result of their interview, they filed charges of Murder in the First Degree and Manslaughter in the First Degree against Canaday on August 11, 2022.

A second individual, David Yanes, was identified by the Cold Case Unit and his fingerprints, that had been retrieved from the 2003 murder scene, were submitted to OSBI and positively identified. Investigators discovered Yanes committed suicide in Dallas, Texas in September of 2004.