No charges filed against aspiring lawyer accused in boyfriend's shooting death

Case against Meghan Fletcher remains under review

SAN DIEGO - No charges were filed Wednesday against an aspiring lawyer accused of fatally shooting her U.S. Army veteran boyfriend as they fought for control of a handgun during an argument in a Del Cerro condominium.

The case against Meghan Elizabeth Fletcher, 29, remains under review, said Steve Walker of the District Attorney's Office.

Police said Fletcher and 28-year-old Chris Black began fighting shortly before 11:30 p.m. Saturday in the 5400 block of Adobe Falls Road near Waring Road. It was unclear what sparked the altercation.

Homicide Lt. Ernie Herbert said the preliminary investigation revealed that an argument between the victim and the defendant escalated into a physical fight, and the two struggled over a handgun.

During the struggle, Black was shot once in the chest and died at 8:45 the next morning, Herbert said.

Neighbor Cynthia Sartuche told 10News the couple had been drinking and fighting for about 45 minutes before the gunfire rang out. Sartuche said that after the gunfire, she overheard the defendant say, "No, no, please come on."

Fletcher, who was booked on suspicion of murder, is expected to be released from custody while the investigation continues, authorities said.

Black had worked as a civilian contractor in Afghanistan since retiring from the Army in 2009. A friend of the victim told 10News that Black had returned to San Diego from Afghanistan on March 14.

The defendant passed the state bar exam in December and was volunteering for an organization that provides legal help for those with HIV, according to the news station.


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