SAN DIEGO - Vegas Bray, the 24-year old accused of shooting her ex-boyfriend nine times, will go to a state hospital.
On Monday, Bray was declared mentally incompetent to stand trial in the shooting death of Victor Saucedo.
Her appearance in court Monday was brief and quiet, far different than her outburst in April when she yelled in the middle of court proceedings: “I’m not going down for something I don’t remember doing.”
After that incident, the preliminary hearing was stopped and a mental competency hearing was scheduled.
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, said prosecutor Harrison Kennedy.
Kennedy said around 3:30 p.m. on October 16, Bray went to Saucedo’s apartment on Caspian Way in Imperial Beach armed with a .38-caliber revolver and minutes later, neighbors reported hearing a series of gunshots.
Even though she was sentenced to three years at Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino, her murder case is not going away. Deputy district attorney Jessica Lees said Monday Bray will be constantly evaluated by doctors.
“Always there’s a hope that she could be restored way before then, but that is the maximum by law that she could be at Patton State Hospital,” Lees said.
At an earlier hearing, Deputy District Attorney Harrison Kennedy said that 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 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 committed seven acts of vandalism against Saucedo's car and apartment, including popping his car tires, smearing peanut butter on his door, and even tracking him down after he changed apartments, the prosecutor alleged.
The couple had some "social interaction" in which there was talk of rekindling the relationship on Oct. 15, but Saucedo said he wasn't interested in the long-term relationship Bray wanted, Kennedy said. Bray felt "spurned" and left the victim's apartment the next morning, the prosecutor said.
About 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 16, Bray returned to Saucedo's apartment with a .38-caliber revolver and, minutes later, neighbors reported hearing a series of gunshots, Kennedy said.
Bray called 911 and said Saucedo committed suicide, but Bray turned out to have been shot nine times. The gun used was found next to him.
At Bray's arraignment last year, Kennedy called the killing of Saucedo the "ultimate act of obsession."
Bray has been in custody since the murder. She is currently on medication and has no bail.
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