Slaying suspect extradited from LA

2013-06-25T00:00:00Z 2014-08-05T10:19:59Z Slaying suspect extradited from LACarmen Duarte Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 25, 2013 12:00 am  • 

A man wanted in connection with the shooting death of his girlfriend two weeks ago was brought back to Tucson Sunday after being arrested in Los Angeles.

Stephen Malone, 29, was brought back by Pima County Sheriff's Department homicide detectives and booked into the Pima County jail, Deputy Tracy Suitt, a department spokesman, said Monday.

Malone is facing domestic-violence/first-degree murder charges in the slaying of Augustina "Tina" Soto, 25, on June 11, Suitt said.

He also is facing three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument; two counts of domestic violence/endangerment; and a charge of discharging a firearm at a structure, Suitt said.

Malone was arrested in Los Angeles on June 12.

Soto was killed as she sat in the driver's seat of a car in the 4900 block of East Butterweed Drive, southwest of East Valencia Road and Interstate 10, officials said.

In the car with her and Malone were two of her daughters, ages 4 and 5, who were sitting in the back seat and were not physically injured; and Soto's sister, Avita Soto, who was injured in the shooting.

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