A Las Vegas woman charged with shooting her 11-year-old son was indicted on a murder charge, prosecutors announced Wednesday, more than seven months after the boy died.
Shavon Jacklein Aguilar, 33, who also goes by Shavon Carrillo, faces one count each of murder with use of a deadly weapon and child abuse, neglect or endangerment with substantial bodily harm, along with two counts of child abuse, neglect or endangerment.
Israel Carrillo was 12 when he died in June from complications of a gunshot wound to the head, the coroner’s office said. His death was ruled a homicide.
In the early morning hours of May 26, 2014, Aguilar was lying next to her son in his sleeping bag and told him “I love you” before she pulled the trigger of a .22-caliber rifle.
Aguilar told police she had seen headlights outside the apartment where she was staying on Pebble Beach Boulevard, near Vegas Drive and Decatur Boulevard, and heard a car door slam, according to a police report.
Aguilar believed she was being followed by people associated with her husband. On the morning of the shooting, Aguilar said, a man named “Bobby” came to her apartment to pick up money she owed him. She kept the rifle in a closet and took it out when he arrived, according to the arrest report.
Afterward, she tried to build “enough courage to kill her children and herself,” the report said, because she wanted them all to be in a “better place.”
Prosecutors have said Carrillo had financial troubles at the time of the shooting and was “feeling suicidal.” Aguilar also admitted using methamphetamine, according to police.
Aguilar’s two daughters also were in bed in the same room as her son at the time of the shooting, police said.
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