Tears streamed down Roberta Romero's face Thursday in Las Vegas Justice Court.
There was a scar near her nose, where a gunman shot her in a January attack.
From the witness stand, the 65-year-old woman fingered the man she says killed her husband and then shot her.
"It's him right there," Romero cried out in Spanish. "He's the one that killed my husband. He also shot me. That man ruined my life. Look at me. Look what he did. He's the one."
Romero was pointing to Gregory Hover, one of two men charged in a months-long valley crime spree that left at least two people dead, including Romero's 64-year-old husband, Julio.
Hover, 38, and Richard Freeman, 18, face multiple felony charges, including murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, sexual assault, robbery and burglary.
Romero testified, with the help of an interpreter, at a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to send Hover and Freeman to trial. The hearing was continued to April 29 after Romero's testimony and that of one other witness, Christopher Brown.
Authorities have indicated they wanted to have the injured woman take the stand sooner rather than later in order to preserve her testimony. Bullet fragments are still lodged in her head, and she described a scar running down the back of her head and neck.
Romero testified how Hover on the evening of Jan. 24 came to her home, near Russell Road and Jones Boulevard, looking to serve legal papers on an old friend of the Romeros.
The friend had not been seen in several years. Hover at the time was employed as a process server for Junes Legal Service, a legal support business.
Romero testified that she awoke about 1 a.m. to find Hover had broken into the home; she saw her husband of 12 years lying on the kitchen floor. She said Hover then forced her to give him her bank card and PIN number.
He ordered her into a closet, made a phone call and shot her in the face, she said. Hover than rummaged through her closet and took her jewelry, she testified.
With blood pouring from her wound, Romero said she retrieved a phone that was in a nearby bathroom and called 911.
She said she underwent multiple surgeries and was in a coma after the shooting.
Under cross examination by Hover's defense attorney, Christopher Oram, Romero acknowledged the description she originally gave police indicated the gunman was of Latin or Hispanic descent and had a fuller head of hair than Hover does.
Romero later in the investigation did pick Hover out of a photo lineup presented by police.
She also testified under cross examination by Freeman's defense attorney, Kristina Wildeveld, that she had never seen Freeman before Thursday's hearing.
Brown, the second witness, testified he overheard a conversation in late January between Freeman and Hover about the two defendants selling jewelry.
Brown, 26, testified that about the same time Hover had talked about raping a Hooters' waitress, taking her to the desert and burning her. Brown said he thought Hover was joking.
Under cross examination, Brown appeared agitated by repeated questions by defense attorneys to clarify his statements. Oram questioned whether Brown was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, which the witness denied.
Authorities allege Hover and Freeman kidnapped Prisma Ivette Contreras as she left her job at the Hooters Hotel, took her to Boulder City where they raped her, strangled her and cut her throat.
The two defendants then burned Contreras' body inside her car, authorities allege. The 21-year-old's body was found Jan. 15 in a burned-out car south of Boulder City.
Authorities have indicated much of what they know about the crime spree was gained from interviews with Freeman.
Las Vegas police said they have linked Hover and Freeman to business robberies, robberies at ATMs and other pedestrian hold-ups dating to late 2009.
An investigation is ongoing and more charges may be coming, authorities have said.
Although the preliminary hearing was set to be continued in late April, prosecutors could bring the case to a grand jury before then.
Both defendants face charges that indicate aggravating circumstances for an automatic review by the district attorney's death penalty committee. But no decision regarding whether prosecutors will seek the death penalty will be made before the case is sent to district court.
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