Mt. Lemmon slaying brings lesser charge

A Tucson teenager was indicted on a negligent-homicide charge in connection with a fatal shooting on Mount Lemmon.

Although Marisela Romero, 18, was originally arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder in the death of Rene Carrillo, 18, a Pima County grand jury indicted her on the less serious charge Thursday afternoon.

If convicted, Romero will face a prison sentence of between four and eight years.

Witnesses told Pima County sheriff's deputies Romero shot Carrillo after the two got in an argument.

Romero was upset at Carrillo because he was harassing her, prompting Romero to say "If I had a gun I would shoot you," a probable-cause statement filed in Pima County Justice Court indicates.

Carrillo handed Romero the gun. She pointed it at Carrillo's head and pulled the trigger, killing him, according to court records.

Kim Smith

3rd trial in '04 death ends with acquittal

A Tucson man being tried for the third time in the December 2004 shooting death of another man was acquitted by a Pima County jury Friday.

Deputy Pima County Attorney Mark Diebolt said the jurors thought David Rene Garcia, 39, acted in self-defense when he shot Alexis Samaniego to death.

On Dec. 4, 2004, Garcia and Samaniego were at a bar when Garcia invited Samaniego and another man back to an apartment complex in the 5000 block of North First Avenue to drink beer and use drugs, authorities said.

Garcia and Samaniego began arguing at about 4 a.m. and Samaniego knocked over a tall hatrack made out of horseshoes.

Garcia reportedly drew a firearm and pulled the trigger 11 times, hitting the 23-year-old Samaniego 10 times.

Defense attorney Anthony Payson argued that Samaniego was in a drunken rage that night and Garcia acted in self-defense.

Kim Smith

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