Accused Teenage Killer Has IQ of 57

Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times, May 28, 2013

A teenager charged with killing his girlfriend’s mother and stepfather at their Compton mobile home has an “extremely low” IQ that is consistent with being mentally retarded, an expert testified Tuesday.

Giovanni Gallardo, now 18, had an IQ of 57 when he was evaluated after the killings, placing him within the range of mild to moderate retardation, Dr. Deborah S. Miora, a clinical and forensic neuropsychologist, told the court.

Prosecutors say Gallardo and his girlfriend killed the adults and later went to stores to purchase supplies for a Halloween party while one of the dead victims was in the back of the Jeep they were driving.

Miora, who was called by the defense, said people who score as low as Gallardo are easily influenced and more likely to act without considering the consequences of their behavior.


Miora testified that the evaluation she conducted determines whether a test subject is trying to achieve a lower score. She said her evaluation showed that Gallardo was not doing so.

She said the Social Security Administration also diagnosed Gallardo as mentally retarded when the agency evaluated him when he was 13.

Gallardo, who was 16 at the time of the October 2011 killings, is being tried as an adult and faces life in prison if he is convicted.


At the heart of the prosecution’s case is a detailed confession Gallardo gave two sheriff’s homicide detectives in which he admitted strangling Villalta and hitting Lara with a baseball bat before stabbing him.


Gary Michael Steiner, who retired as a sergeant in 2008, said he would be concerned about the mental ability of a suspect who told him he could not read or write. In Gallardo’s case, the teenager told sheriff’s detectives he was unable to read or write English.


Gallardo gave details about the attack that included the type of baseball bat that was used and led detectives to where the bodies had been buried.


Gallardo’s girlfriend, Cynthia Alvarez, was convicted earlier this month in both killings.

During her trial, Alvarez, 16, blamed Gallardo for the killings. She claimed she did not want her parents dead but did not seek help because she was afraid of her boyfriend, whom she described as abusive.

A jury deliberated for about three hours before convicting her of first-degree murder.

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  • Walt

    No surprise there. It is a little low, but well within the IQ range of that subspecies.

    • The__Bobster

      It’s within a standard deviation of the average for a purebred bluegum.

      • Romulus

        “Tuck in that lip soldier! You want it shot off”
        Lieutenant Dan

  • sbuffalonative

    …consistent with being mentally retarded…

    I’m surprised they used the term “mentally retarded”.

    IQ tests, the great double standard. They prove nothing unless they prove a minority innocent by virtue of diminished cognative skills.

    • David Ashton

      In Britain they would say “has some learning difficulty issues”.

    • So CAL Snowman

      As we all know IQ is just a racist construct set up by the White man that somehow benefits Asians. This little tyke was obviously a future lead engineer at JPL but WE FAILED HIM because we put all of our eggs in the IQ basket. If only we would have reached out to Mexico to find out how to educate non-English speakers, I’m sure that little Giovanni would be running circles around Newton, Galileo and Euclid.

      • Integration Anxiety

        As we all know IQ is just a racist construct set up by the White man that somehow benefits Asians. SoCal- that is one of the best quotes of our modern day topsy-turvy twisted PC-laden society. SBuff also hit a home run with the double standards of IQ tests. If we, as Euro-Americans could somehow use these contradictions against the libs on issues of race, the pendulum may start to swing in the favor of common sense.

        Of course, if we could use the contradictions of the neocons, morons like Bush II, who said we should fight them over there so we don’t have to fight them here. The problem with that logic, obviously, is when W and his ilk allow those “family values from South of the Border”, you bet your life savings of pesos that some darker Arabic speakers who have visions of IEDs dancing in their heads will also eek through the border to do untold damage to America as we know it. So yeah, W, Lindsey Graham, Grover Nasir-Quist, Karl Ro-vasquez. All the pseudo- republicans we will have to fight them here anyways.

        • Hardhat

          No offense, but you need to see further than the tip of your nose. Using these contradictions will only swing the pendulum to justify more Asian immigration (ie, H-1B visas, foreign students, family reunification, etc,) and displace us just the same in our own countries, like it’s already happening on the West Coast, Canada and Australia.

          This IQ argument is a dead end for the preservation of a White majority in any White country located in the Pacific region. You can already see it happening here on Amren where Asian supremacists, asiaphiles and naive Whites always use it to justify more Asians, if not miscegenation, to supposedly counter all the other non-Whites taking over our lands. Any reply claiming that they are not “as bad”, or I “prefer” them will rest my case by the way.

          Two wrongs don’t make a right, and only the argument for racial hegemony is what matters. Many of our White brothers and sisters have low IQ themselves, but they should always come first to ANY non-White.

      • Kathy M

        How many mulattoes are in the ranks of world-class scientists? How strange.

    • The__Bobster

      In some quarters, the arwerd is buried alongside the enwerd.

    • Dr. X

      Excellent, excellent insight. IQ doesn’t exist unless the Left wants to use it for their advantage. Just like “race” does not xist for the Left until some Leftist wants to start ranting about “white skin privilege.” Why do they continue to get away with it?

      • sbuffalonative

        Thank you for the complement but others have made the same point in different way.

        Feel free to spread the message. Rub the double standard in their faces.

  • edie

    let’s see………..
    he was tested by social security……….. it would behoove him to be stupid on that test.

    he was tested by the prosecution? defense? someone, after he committed a heinous crime……… would behoove him to be stupid on that test.

    perhaps this guy isn’t as stupid as the ones testing him?

    • sbuffalonative

      It might be fun for the prosecution to claim, as the progressive liberals, that IQ and IQ tests have no validity.

      It would be interesting to see who comes to the defense of IQ tests and have them on record.

  • Puggg

    “Evaluated after the killings”

    There’s your clue, Holmes. He tanked the IQ test to score low to get out of the death house. If he really had an IQ of 57, he would have the severely mentally retarded appearance.

    • borogirl54

      Inmates with low IQ’s have been executed before. I wonder if this guy knew the difference between right and wrong?

      • I shot one of my own men for raping a Muslim girl. He tried sassing me a little bit after I’d the other HVO guys take his rifle. He didn’t think it was really going to happen. That was a very poor decision on his part. I wanted to send him back under arrest, but as a sergeant, I was allowed to shoot him, so I did. I didn’t go to fight alongside guys who hurt women and girls.

        • me

          When are you going to write that book? I’d buy it! You’ve seen some stuff….

          • It would be at a tragically adult level. Are you over age 30? It would probably be classed as “war porn”.

          • AllSeeingEyeSpy

            Well, you’re a good writer, Michael

          • me

            I think I’m mature enough to handle most of it….at least I hope so. Yikes!

        • IstvanIN

          Yikes, I am against rape but summarily executing someone isn’t something I would be proud of.

        • brengunn

          Is that even allowed? Without coming across as impolite, can you prove that this happened? I find it very hard to believe that summary executions are still taking place in the US army.

          • Greg Thomas

            I don’t believe he ever said he served in the US Army, But I could be wrong.

          • brengunn

            Who else? I’m sure I’ve heard MCS say he fought in Kosovo. Was he in the Serbian army? I doubt it.

    • The__Bobster

      A lot of tests have a check for internal consistency. I wonder if this test did.

      OTOH, I wonder how accurate the test is in measuring an IQ that low. Hell, they guy might have a hard time using a pencil.

      • BonusGift

        Depending in part on the type of test, my understanding is that in general they become less accurate in measuring ‘g’ as you move to the ends of the distribution (especially the right side or high end of the distribution). Given his supposed score was not quite three standard deviations below normal (i.e., almost 45 points below ‘normal’) he is far enough away for it to be considered not very accurate in the first place; and, as has been pointed out, he could have easily purposely scored low to help his case out. In fact, unlike a polygraph, it doesn’t take much practice or effort to score unusually low on such a test. Why such a test would be admissible as evidence, especially in this context, is beyond me.

  • Old Right

    This is not an excuse for murder. The Apostle Paul speaks of “the law written on the heart.” This guy knew that what he was doing was wrong. I bet that if a prospective employer had turned him down because of his low IQ, he’d be filing suit or complaining to the appropriate “human rights” tribunal that he was just as intelligent as anyone else out there. You can’t have it both ways.

  • dd121

    Liberals claim not to believe in the concept of IQ. Unless of course they’re trying to spring a low IQ killer from the death penalty. Then he’s too retarded to be executed.

    • dd121

      P.S. The liberal elites all believe themselves to be brilliant and ordained to rule over you, a human cow in their eyes.

      • The Bogeyman

        “a human cow in their eyes”
        i.e., “goyim”.

  • DailyKenn

    “But don’t IQ tests test only proficiency at IQ tests?”


    The validity of IQ tests hinges on the current agenda. If the agenda calls for hiring, then IQ tests are invalid. If the agenda involves crime, the IQ tests are valid.

  • JSS

    I know I decent average IQ is necessary for a people to maintain a civilization. But I would like to see a study that compares the rates of violence between lower end Whites and talented tenth blacks. I bet the blacks are still more violent.

    • r j p

      The one thing blacks can never be is white. Jealousy breeds rage.

    • AllSeeingEyeSpy

      They are, so far. . .

  • Korpiklaani

    I bet I could shave a few points off that baby with a cranial injection of lead.

  • The__Bobster

    Giovanni Gallardo, now 18, had an IQ of 57 when he was evaluated after the killings, placing him within the range of mild to moderate retardation, Dr. Deborah S. Miora, a clinical and forensic neuropsychologist, told the court.

    In psychology, an idiot has the least intelligence on the IQ scale (this now is equivalent to someone who is mentally retarded or the more politically correct “mentally challenged”); an imbecile is not quite as dumb as an idiot and is now considered equivalent to moderate retardation; a moron is then the highest level of intelligence for someone who is mentally retarded, thus considered as being mildly mentally retarded. Specifically, those who have an IQ between 0 and 25 are idiots; IQs between 26 and 50 are considered imbeciles; and those who have an IQ between 51 and 70 are considered morons.

    These terms were popular in psychology as associated with intelligence on an IQ test until around the 1960s. They were then replaced with the terms mild retardation, moderate retardation, severe retardation, and profound retardation. In addition to this, other factors besides IQ are now used in diagnosing these levels of mental deficiency.

    • What do you call someone at 152?

      • IstvanIN

        A show off! 😉

      • nobody

        A bullshitter.

      • Greg Thomas

        Michael Christopher Scott…..

      • brengunn

        Certainly not modest!

      • Charles Edward Lincoln III

        Smarter than the average bear?

        • Lloyd

          The test used with these prisoners at Nuremberg was a badly “damaged” translation into German of the test of choice by most psychologists for individually administered IQ evaluation– the Wechsler Test of Adult Intelligence. “Damaged”? Two of the usual subtests did not translate well or were deemed to have too many test items specific to the populations of the US (or UK) and not sensible to German experience. The use of a test with norms based on the US population, also made the Nuremberg Wechsler even more wobbly and inaccurate. And such tests yield a “zone” within which somewhere the underlying true ability can be inferred to exist–i.e., like a bathroom scale that actually can tell you that you likely (a 90% likelihood, say) weigh somewhere between 175 and 183–but, what the hell, we can sell more scales by giving you a specific number to look at (a spurious precision )–so you “weigh” 179. The scores among the high scoring prisoners do not appear to differ other than by chance and by phony single score precision misreading–to see differences among them would be tantamount to finding differences among six first class letters “weighed” on a bathroom scale. The aim of testing the prisoners with the Wechsler and with an Ink Blot projective test, etc, , was professedly to try to find out what on earth in their minds made them think Nazi thoughts. It would have been less dramatic but just plain farmer smart to have interviewed them after giving each a half cup of Jack Daniels. Too, a score of 150 is as high as the test tests. The British had developed by 1943 a figurative reasoning, non-verbal test that could measure “IQ” up to, say, 190 and would have given some reliable “spread” and some score precision (a zone of likely true ability indication). As to Herr Streicher—It is probably a spurious score and may reflect his willfull refusal to make a good faith effort. The social judgement among the leaders of that regime was that he was rather blue collar smart, not , as we might say, grad school smart. I’d hazard he would have cleared the true hurdles at about the 90th percentile–roughly IQ 120.

    • KenelmDigby

      Where does the word ‘lefty politician’ rank with the quasi technical/abusive insult words such as moron, idiot, imbecile etc.
      Personally, I’d rank it off the scale past zero negative. I’d rate the intelligence of a herpes virus (and the moral fiber, incidentally), higher than that of a ‘lefty politician’.

  • Jimmy Rustles

    I wanted pictures…

    • nobody

      Go Google a picture of a chimpanzee. They likely bear a striking resemblance.

  • Nick Gherz

    Put him in the gas chamber and ask him, “do you like tater tots?”

  • Ken P.

    If society can use insanity and mental retardation as a criminal defense strategy, there is an unintended corollary of this. That is, if such people are not capable of or cannot be trusted to behave to socially acceptable standards, then society is justified in prophylactically removing their liberties.

    • Roninf9

      Yes. You are referring to the social contract, which is between the individual and society. In a free country, like this is suppose to be, the responsibilities of the individual is tremendous. Like you said, some people just don’t have what it takes to live free in a modern civilization. And I am not just talking about mere criminality. I’m talking of an ingrained, jealous hostility toward civilized men and contempt for civilized behavior and the accompanying lack of the intelligence and temperament needed to function as an adult among other men. Taking away their liberties is not enough. They are still a burden and society must still take care of them. To far too many of these people prison is tolerable or even preferable to life on the streets where they have to provide for themselves. Even the fear of immediate death may give them pause but it can’t change their inherent nature. No, they should be stripped of their citizenship and deported. If they willingly refuse their end of the social contract why should the rest of us have to deal with them at all. Wash our hands of them.

    • Dr. X

      Quite right. The question is whether society does this in good faith or in bad faith. We used to commit many people to insane asylums in good faith. The USSR used to commit political dissidents who refused to acknowledge that they were living in the “workers’ paradise.”

  • pcmustgo

    Mobile home in Compton? Poor folks.

    • Jefferson

      Some higher end mobile homes like the ones which cost close to $100 hundred thousand dollars, are actually nice looking and not embarrassing to live in.

      I remember seeing a $90 thousand dollar mobile home in Las Vegas which had a jacuzzi inside.

      • nobody

        Yeah but most of them are dirty, moldy, drafty, rat and roach infested pieces of crap. Trust me, I have seen hundreds of them in my lifetime.

      • borogirl54

        Very true. I have seen some very spacious mobile homes that had high end cabinets and one actually had two living rooms.

  • mrdirt88

    In Atkins v Virginia Scotus ruled executing the “retarded” unconstitutional.
    With iq being the sole measure of this how many nonwhites are escaping
    proper punishment since we are constantly being told that such tests are
    riddled with bias and racism and not reflective of true intelligence?
    This arguement was never mentioned before the court,in the media or
    anywhere except this enlightened forum

  • Lygeia

    How can they call an IQ of 57 “mild to moderate” mental retardation when human IQ starts at 46?

    • nobody

      The same way they can call a hispanic guy White when he commits a crime. They lie.

  • IstvanIN

    I never understood the whole idea that you can not execute a low IQ or retarded person. If someone has committed a crime so heinous that they can not be rehabilitated and released back into society and deserve the death penalty why should low IQ be a mitigating factor? I doubt an IQ of 57 means someone doesn’t understand that murder is wrong.

    • Dr. X

      Correct! A low IQ means that you cannot do calculus. A five-year old knows — or ought to know, if he has decent parents — that “Thou shall not kill.”

  • MBlanc46

    Who knows what was actually going on here, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the girlfriend who put him up to it. Apparently the jury believed that. The guy needs to be in custodial care, but without knowing him pretty well, I wouldn’t presume to judge what his capacity to understand his actions is.

  • APaige

    Wait…a Hispanic male…low IQ…abusive to his girlfriend…cannot read or write English…we have about 10 million of those.

    • Integration Anxiety

      “We have about ten million of those”. I assume you are speaking of a geographical tri-state area when you say 10 million. California, Arizona and Nevada alone has that many who fit those descriptions. Texas might have 10 million by itself. Places in the Midwest and Great Lakes states now have large populations of “paperless Hispanics”. No green card, and no other documentation. Proof of life is all you need any more. Damn, man… I thought you knew.

  • r j p

    Let’s face it a 57 IQ is a Corky. Pretty much unable to do anything.
    Except have a girlfriend and try to reproduce ….. and will never spend one dollar on the support of a child.
    I have actually wondered if these liberal IQ testers aren’t faking the results to the low side as a means of protecting their “pets” from punishment.

  • Greg Thomas

    Does anyone else find it ironic how liberals are all too wiling to embrace IQ tests when
    trying to save the life of a member of diversity, but shun them in all other instances?

  • Sloppo

    If a murderer scores low enough, he’s somewhat of an untouchable for the law enforcement community. It’s an important part of our nation’s dysgenics program.

  • WR_the_realist

    As I’ve said before, there are only three situations where liberals believe in the reality of IQ. First, when suing a landlord for having lead paint in an apartment, which lowers IQ if you are already dumb enough to eat it. Second, when believing that they, liberal progressives, have higher IQ than conservatives. And third, when arguing that some dumb black guy is too stupid to be held responsible for a murder he committed.

    • Frank Wheeler

      Your post is spot on because it is sooooo fricken true. With the highest respect and I’m not being a wise guy but when you use the term “Liberal” or “liberal” there is a world of difference. “Liberal” is the brain-dead kind. “liberal” is the real deal in that government should be limited because civilized people can govern themselves.

      Once again, no disrespect. Your observations are a breath of fresh air.

      • robinbishop34

        I tend to agree with you. I think the term ‘leftist’ is a better description.

        • StillModerated

          I prefer the term ‘bed-wetter’ or nation wrecker.

      • WR_the_realist

        A fair enough criticism. There is nothing much wrong with classical liberals, who nowadays would more likely to be called libertarians. But today “liberal” usually means leftist, such as any of the pod people hosting shows on MSNBC.

  • Elena Andbasket

    What is a moron with an IQ of 57 doing behind the wheel of a vehicle on a public road?

    • WR_the_realist

      Good point. The perp admitted he can’t read. So he can’t read road signs, or understand the written part of a driver’s license test. So how did he get his license? Or maybe he really can read, but conveniently forgot how once accused of murder.

  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    Yep, IQ is meaningless unless the Left is trying to save their favorites from Death Row.

  • HamletsGhost

    I’ve noticed this internal contradiction in liberal thinking for a long time. What I don’t get is why anyone pays attention to it.

    So what if the criminal has a low IQ? Pit-bulls who kill are routinely destroyed by animal control, and I’m pretty sure they’d do poorly in any IQ test.

  • StillModerated

    An IQ of 57! In Equatorial Guinea the average IQ is a whopping 59. Send him there, because that’s obviously where he’d fit right in.

  • Denver Goddess

    IQ doesn’t matter unless it’s used to get a non-white off a murder rap, it seems.