DENVER — A 22-year-old woman was arrested Sunday on suspicion of fatally shooting her husband outside a home in the Montbello neighborhood, according to the Denver Police Department (DPD).
Janet Juarez was being held on suspicion of first-degree murder in the shooting about 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the 4900 block of Granby Street, DPD said on Monday. That's just west of Chambers Road and south of Gateway Avenue.
Juarez and the victim, a 22-year-old man, had been married since December and had a child together, according to the DPD probable cause (PC) statement in the case.
On Thursday, the Denver Medical Examiner's Office identified the victim as Luiz Sandoval.
The cause of death was multiple gunshot injuries and it was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner's office.
A witness told detectives they heard two gunshots and then saw a woman with a gun in her hand standing outside a vehicle in a driveway with a rear door open. The witness said they heard another shot before the woman picked up a black diaper bag and walked inside the home, according to the PC statement.
Two more witnesses said that Juarez admitted to shooting her husband right after it happened and that Juarez said her husband was trying to kill her, according to the PC statement. One of the witnesses also told detectives that Juarez's husband had been verbally and physically abusive to her, the statement says.
The witnesses said that Juarez didn't live at the house where the shooting happened but occasionally stayed there, according to the statement.
Detectives found a cellphone belonging to Juarez and a gun box with a gun magazine in one of the bedrooms. A 9mm handgun was found in the home's front room. There were three spent cartridge casings in the back seat of the vehicle in the driveway and a live bullet under the vehicle, the PC statement says.
Juarez was being held in the Denver County jail on suspicion of first-degree murder. Her first court appearance was on Monday morning.
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