Man charged in 2014 Rowan Co. killing now charged in 2007 Cabarrus Co. homicide

Man charged in 2014 Rowan Co. killing now charged in 2007 Cabarrus Co. homicide
(Source: David Whisenant)

ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A man who was already in the Rowan County jail, charged with the 2014 murder of Antonio Chambers, has now been charged in a 2007 murder that occurred in Concord.

John Calvin Sifford, Jr, 31, has now been charged for the first degree murder of Bismar Garcia in February, 2007, by Concord Police.

Sifford was also charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon in that case, according to warrants.

According to Concord Police, Garcia was shot and killed in front of 117 Powder Street, SW.

Reginald T. Leach was also arrested and charged with Garcia’s murder.

Man charged in 2014 Rowan Co. killing now charged in Cabarrus Co. homicide

Sifford was in the Rowan County jail for the murder of Antonio Chambers in 2014, and other charges. The Chambers incident happened at the Colonial Village apartments on D Avenue in Salisbury.

Police arrested Sifford in that case following a car chase in which officers managed to shoot out the tires of the car Sifford was driving.


According to the report, when police tried to stop his car on Bringle Ferry Road, he drove away through residential property. After a short vehicle chase, police say they shot Sifford’s tires until he crashed in front of a home on E. Lafayette Street.

Police say he got out of the car, ran, and was caught. He was uninjured in the incident.

A few months later Sifford was able to get out on bond, and was again arrested by police and charged with possessing a firearm by a felon and carrying a concealed weapon.

Reginald Leach and John Sifford
Reginald Leach and John Sifford

Officers said they had information that Sifford was allegedly involved in drug trafficking and weapon offenses. Police say officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in which Sifford was a passenger. Police then reportedly found Sifford possessing a gun, officers say.

Sifford is now being held under a bond of $3,050,500, charged with first degree murder, second degree murder, carrying a concealed gun, possession of a weapon by a felon, and robbery with a firearm

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