Cynthia Katherine Cdebaca
Cynthia Katherine Cdebaca. Photo courtesy of News 8

A Fallbrook woman accused of fatally shooting her son- in-law before eating breakfast at Denny’s and heading to a casino to gamble is mentally competent to stand trial, a judge ruled Friday.

Cynthia Cdebaca, 65, is charged with murder in the Feb. 11, 2014, killing of 53-year-old Geoward Eustaquio.

Friday, after reviewing a doctor’s report, Judge Steve Stone found that Cdebaca understands the charges against her and can assist her attorney at trial.

Criminal proceedings were reinstated and a status conference was scheduled Sept. 6 in Vista.

Around 8 a.m. the day of the killing, Cdebaca and the victim were alone in his home when he made a snide remark about her clothing and told her to change, according to testimony at a preliminary hearing two years ago.

Cdebaca went to her “granny flat” adjacent to the residence and retrieved a .38-caliber, five-shot revolver that she had purchased two weeks earlier, prosecutor Tracy Prior said.

The defendant came down some stairs and fired all five rounds at Eustaquio as he stood in a patio area, the prosecutor alleged.

When Cdebaca realized that her son-in-law was not dead, she walked to her car — where she had a box of ammunition — and reloaded the gun before firing five more shots, Prior alleged.

Realizing that Eustaquio was still alive and trying to crawl back into the house, Cdebaca reloaded again and fired five more times at the victim, according to the prosecutor.

After the shooting, Cdebaca went to breakfast, went gambling, then went to her favorite coffee shop before being arrested, the prosecutor said.

The defendant told authorities that her son-in-law was mean and abusive, but Prior said there were no documented reports of domestic violence.

—City News Service