- Associated Press - Thursday, December 31, 2015

TRI-CITIES, Wash. (AP) - A man is facing a murder charge with aggravating circumstances in the death of his 21-year-old girlfriend in Kennewick who was allegedly shot inside a vehicle while the couple’s 22-month-old son was in the back seat.

The Tri-City Herald reports (https://goo.gl/VJf5A1 ) the Benton County Prosecutor’s Office filed the second-degree murder charge against Francisco Javier Munoz Quintero Wednesday. Prosecutors cited the aggravating circumstance as a child being present when 21-year-old Luisa Garcia Farias was shot.

Court documents say Munoz Quintero told investigators he had been arguing with Garcia Farias in her vehicle when he pulled out a gun. He said the two struggled and the gun went off.

Garcia Farias was taken to a hospital and later died.

Munoz Quintero was ordered Monday to be held on $500,000 bail.


Information from: Tri-City Herald, https://www.tri-cityherald.com

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