Homicide

Suspect in fatal beating over cake has court appearance

  • FILE - Oriana Garcia, mother of Jack Garcia, is seen in an undated file photo provided by the Hagerstown, Md., Department of Police. A Maryland man accused of fatally beating his girlfriend's 9-year-old son over a missing piece of birthday cake has been convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison. Robert Wilson took the plea deal Thursday, March 31, 2016, in Hagerstown, Md. He tearfully told the judge he regretted his actions but he laid some of the blame for Jack Garcia's death last July on the boy's mother and her brother. They face trial on second-degree murder charges in May. (Hagerstown Department of Police via AP)

    FILE - Oriana Garcia, mother of Jack Garcia, is seen in an undated file photo provided by the Hagerstown, Md., Department of Police. A Maryland man accused of fatally beating his girlfriend's 9-year-old son over a missing piece of birthday cake has been convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison. Robert Wilson took the plea deal Thursday, March 31, 2016, in Hagerstown, Md. He tearfully told the judge he regretted his actions but he laid some of the blame for Jack Garcia's death last July on the boy's mother and her brother. They face trial on second-degree murder charges in May. (Hagerstown Department of Police via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - Jacob Barajas is seen in an undated file photo provided by the Hagerstown Department of Police.  A Maryland man accused of fatally beating his girlfriend's 9-year-old son over a missing piece of birthday cake has been convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison. Robert Wilson took the plea deal Thursday, March 31, 2016, in Hagerstown, Md. He tearfully told the judge he regretted his actions but he laid some of the blame for Jack Garcia's death last July on the boy's mother and her brother, Barajas.  (Hagerstown Department of Police via AP)

    FILE - Jacob Barajas is seen in an undated file photo provided by the Hagerstown Department of Police. A Maryland man accused of fatally beating his girlfriend's 9-year-old son over a missing piece of birthday cake has been convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison. Robert Wilson took the plea deal Thursday, March 31, 2016, in Hagerstown, Md. He tearfully told the judge he regretted his actions but he laid some of the blame for Jack Garcia's death last July on the boy's mother and her brother, Barajas. (Hagerstown Department of Police via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Jack Garcia is shown in a Feb. 13, 2015, photo provided by Daniel Fletcher, in Goleta, Calif. He died July 5, 2015, from injuries police say were inflicted as punishment for eating a piece of birthday cake without permission. Robert Wilson, a Maryland man accused of fatally beating Garcia, was convicted Thursday, March 31, 2016, of second-degree murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison. Wilson tearfully told the judge he regretted his actions but he laid some of the blame for Jack Garcia's death last July on the boy's mother and her brother. They face trial on second-degree murder charges in May. (Daniel Fletcher via AP).

    Jack Garcia is shown in a Feb. 13, 2015, photo provided by Daniel Fletcher, in Goleta, Calif. He died July 5, 2015, from injuries police say were inflicted as punishment for eating a piece of birthday cake without permission. Robert Wilson, a Maryland man accused of fatally beating Garcia, was convicted Thursday, March 31, 2016, of second-degree murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison. Wilson tearfully told the judge he regretted his actions but he laid some of the blame for Jack Garcia's death last July on the boy's mother and her brother. They face trial on second-degree murder charges in May. (Daniel Fletcher via AP).  (The Associated Press)

A man accused of fatally beating his girlfriend's 9-year-old son over what police say was a missing piece of birthday cake is bound for court in Maryland.

Thirty-one-year-old Robert Leroy Wilson is scheduled for a hearing Thursday afternoon in Hagerstown. Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael wouldn't disclose the nature of the hearing and Wilson's public defender didn't return telephone calls.

Wilson is one of three people charged with second-degree murder in the July 5 death of Jack Garcia. Neither Wilson nor the boy's uncle, Jacob Barajas (bah-RAH'-hahs), have entered pleas in the case. Jack's mother Oriana Garcia has pleaded not guilty.

Barajas told police he handcuffed Jack, and Wilson beat him unconscious as punishment for stealing. Police say Jack's mother allowed the abuse and delayed treatment by sending away an ambulance.