Woman accused of killing ex-lover in court: Vegas Bray suspected in death of Victor Saucedo
Mental exam ordered for Bray after outburst
Last Updated: 228 days ago
CHULA VISTA, Calif. - A woman accused of fatally shooting her ex-lover inside his Imperial Beach apartment last year was ordered Wednesday to undergo a mental competency examination after shouting out in court that she was not jealous of the victim and didn't remember the shooting.
Vegas Bray's outburst, which came during a preliminary hearing to determine if she should stand trial, occurred as a friend testified about an argument between the defendant and ex-boyfriend Victor Saucedo a few months before he was killed.
Jessica Morales testified that Bray became angry about comments the 31-year-old victim made to other women on Facebook and time he spent with the mother of his son.
Bray acted out when prosecutor Harrison Kennedy asked the witness if Bray was jealous.
"No, no, no, I was never jealous!" Bray shouted. "I'm not going down for something I don't remember doing!"
Judge Ana Espana called for an early lunch recess when Bray would not stop talking.
When court resumed, the judge granted a defense request to have Bray evaluated to determine if she's mentally competent to stand trial. A hearing is scheduled July 8.
At Bray's arraignment last year, Harrison called the killing of Saucedo "the ultimate act of obsession."
The prosecutor said Bray and Saucedo met while they were both in the Navy and started dating in 2010. The relationship lasted for several months and ended toward the later part of 2011, Kennedy said.
He said the couple broke up because the defendant was jealous of the mother of Saucedo's child, and she continued to pursue him after they broke up.
Bray, 24, committed seven acts of vandalism against Saucedo's car and apartment, including popping his car tires, throwing paint on his door, smearing peanut butter on his door, and even tracking him down after he changed apartments, the prosecutor alleged.
Last Oct. 15, the couple had some "social interaction" in which there was talk of rekindling the relationship, but Saucedo said he wasn't interested in the committed long-term relationship Bray wanted, Kennedy said.
Bray felt "spurned" and left the victim's apartment the next morning, the prosecutor said.
Around 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 16, Bray allegedly returned to Saucedo's apartment on Caspian Way armed with a .38-caliber revolver and minutes later, neighbors reported hearing a series of gunshots, Kennedy said.
Bray called 911, indicating Saucedo had committed suicide, but investigators found the victim with nine gunshot wounds and a loaded gun next to him, authorities said.
The defendant's brother, Santiago Rubio, testified during Wednesday's hearing that she called him the day of the shooting just to say "I love you." During a second call, Bray -- who Rubio said seemed "out of it" -- told her brother "I shot him," referring to Saucedo, the witness said.
He said he was in tears when she told him she also wanted to shoot herself.
"I love her to death," Rubio said.
Rubio also described his shock over what his sister said.
"She's not the type," he said. "Unless she's pushed and then she pushes back."
He detailed a time when he admitted to being disrespectful and said she brought out a knife and cut up his clothes. Rubio said his sister did carry a black gun in her truck for protection because she ran at night and had been attacked in the past.
The witness said that Bray had experienced blackouts in the past.
Bray faces 50 years to life in prison if convicted of murder.
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