Court doc: I would gladly kill him again, 63-year-old tells investigators

FALLBROOK - A 63-year-old woman accused of shooting her son-in-law to death on her birthday admitted she would do it all again if given the chance, a court document shows.

Cynthia Kaye Cdebaca of Fallbrook went before a judge Tuesday and was arraigned on a murder charge. Bail was set at $5 million.

Vista Judge Marshall Hockett called the defendant "an extreme danger" to the community.

Several of Cdebaca's family members were in court and were seen sobbing uncontrollably. Her daughter denied a request to go on camera but did say "my mother is not a monster and that is all I have to say."

Cdebaca is accused of gunning down 53-year-old Geoward Eustaquio a week ago.

Around 8 a.m. that day, Cdebaca and Eustaquio were the only people in the home when he made a comment to her about what she was wearing, according to Deputy District Attorney Tracy Prior.

In response to the comment, the defendant went to her "granny flat" adjacent to the home and retrieved a .38-caliber, five-shot revolver that she had purchased about two weeks earlier, according to Prior.

A court document requesting high bail alleges that Cdebaca shot her son-in-law five times.

When Cdebaca realized that her son-in-law was not dead, she walked to her car in the driveway -- where she had a box of ammunition -- and reloaded the gun before firing five more shots, the document stated.

Recognizing that Eustaquio was still alive and was trying to crawl into the home and lock the door, Cdebaca returned to her car to reload the gun and allegedly fired five more times at the victim, according to the document.

An autopsy revealed seven .38-caliber bullets in the victim's body as well as four other holes where bullets had entered and exited, according to Prior.

The document states that Cdebaca then went to breakfast at Denny's, stopped at a casino to gamble, went to a liquor store for cigarettes and then ended her day at her favorite coffee shop.

It was at the coffee shop where the sheriff's department caught up with Cdebaca and took her in for questioning.

Investigators say the woman told them that her son-in-law was often violent with his wife and children and that she was happy he was dead.

The court document notes that there are no documented cases of domestic violence involving the family.

Cdebaca told detectives that she didn't like the victim and that "if he were here, I would kill him again," the document stated.

According to an online job resume, Eustaquio worked as a "space orbital analyst" for the California Air National Guard. His wife is a real-estate agent, neighbors said. The couple has two children - a 12-year-old daughter and a 15-year-old son. Cdebaca lived in a home adjacent to the family.

A March 4 preliminary hearing was scheduled for Cdebaca, who faces 50 years to life in prison if convicted of murder and personal discharge of a firearm in connection with Eustaquio's death.

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