A Jan. 15 trial date was set Tuesday for a woman accused of gunning down her ex-boyfriend inside his Imperial Beach apartment after meeting him in the Navy, breaking up and stalking and harassing him for a year.
A readiness conference is scheduled Oct. 30 at the South Bay Courthouse in Chula Vista for Vegas Bray, 25, who is charged with murder in the Oct. 16, 2012, death of Victor Saucedo, 31.
The two met while both were in the Navy. Their relationship lasted for several months and ceased near the end of 2011.
Authorities said the couple broke up because Bray was jealous of the mother of Saucedo’s child, but the defendant allegedly continued to pursue the victim.
Bray committed seven acts of vandalism against Saucedo’s car and apartment, including popping his the tires on his car, smearing peanut butter on his door and even tracking him down after he changed apartments, Deputy District Attorney Harrison Kennedy alleged at an earlier hearing.
The couple had some “social interaction” the day before the slaying in which there was talk of rekindling the romance, but Saucedo said he wasn’t interested in the long-term relationship that Bray wanted, according to Kennedy.
Bray allegedly felt spurned and left the victim’s apartment the next morning, then returned that afternoon with a .38-caliber revolver and shot Saucedo nine times.
She called 911 after the shooting to report that Saucedo had committed suicide, according to police.
The trial was delayed because a judge ordered Bray to undergo a mental evaluation following an outburst in court last year. In March she was declared competent to stand trial.
– City News Service
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