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Woman to stand trial in fatal shooting of ex-boyfriend

September 24, 2019 GMT

READING, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman who authorities say fatally shot her ex-boyfriend and fled to Florida after learning he had fathered a child with another woman will stand trial on murder charges.

A judge issued the ruling Monday during a preliminary hearing for Danishka Otero-Velez. The 25-year-old Reading woman is also charged with witness intimidation and making terroristic threats.

Authorities say Otero-Velez shot 30-year-old Ranciel Natera in the chest as they argued outside an apartment building in November 2018. They say she then followed two witnesses into an apartment, pointed the gun at them and told them not to speak with police.

Otero-Velez allegedly gave responding officers a false name. She was captured several weeks later in Miami and was extradited back to Pennsylvania in February.

A message left for her lawyer was not returned Tuesday.