- Associated Press - Monday, November 23, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Sentencing was postponed Monday for a Midvale man convicted of fatally shooting his wife while he was driving.

Komasquin Lopez, 45, faces at least 15 years and up to life in prison in the death of Shannon Lopez, who was a passenger in her husband’s truck when she was killed by a gunshot to the head.

Lawyers for Komasquin Lopez disputed parts of a pre-sentence report, and a judge delayed sentencing to Dec. 18.

Defense attorney Nick Falcone said it would be impossible for Komasquin Lopez to take the shot as he turned onto a busy street. The truck slammed into a car moments after the shot was fired.

The husband maintained his innocence during his trial, testifying that his wife was high on methamphetamine and killed herself Dec. 27, 2013.

But prosecutors said Shannon Lopez, 32, didn’t kill herself because she wouldn’t have left the care of her sons to anyone else.

They said she wanted to end her marriage, and that it was her husband who was high on meth and angry when he killed her.

Prosecutors also argued that most people who shoot themselves don’t aim for the ear. Shannon Lopez was right-handed but was killed with a shot to her left side, they said.

Komasquin Lopez was arrested about two weeks after his wife’s death. A jury found him guilty of murder in September after a four-day trial.

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