A woman got into an argument with her husband on the way home from a Tennessee club. The argument escalated until she shot him once in the head and left him in the car along the road.
Now, she’ll spend the rest of her life behind bars.
Recently, a judge in Tennessee sentenced Belinda Lopez to life in prison for the murder of her husband, Noel, in 2020. In about three hours, a jury convicted her of malice murder, felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, according to The Chattanoogan.
On March 1, 2020, Lopez, Noel and friend Angelica Juarez were heading to their home in Dalton, Tennessee, after visiting a nightclub in Chattanooga, according to the newsgroup.
While on I-75, Lopez and Noel got into an argument. Lopez then went into a violent rage, scratching her husband’s face and hitting him with a gun above the eye.
She eventually fired a single shot that went through his skull and exited the vehicle, according to The Chattanoogan.
The vehicle stopped in the middle lane. Prosecutors said that Lopez put the gun in the center console, tried to reposition his body so she could drive away and then waited three minutes to call 911, according to WTVC.
Officials said there was a long history of domestic violence by Lopez against her husband.
Noel’s family released a statement after the conviction and sentencing, according to WTVC.
“On March 1st 2020 our family received the worst news any family could ever receive. Our loved one Noel was no longer with us. That day our lives completely changed and we have been in a state of grief ever since,” it read.
“We lost our brother, son, uncle and friend. Noel was full of life and did not deserve to go in such an abrupt and heinous way. Noel was a young man who radiated a desire to live, to improve day by day but without missing the opportunity to offer help to whoever asked for it.
“We believe that the judicial result obtained last week brings the justice that Noel deserved while offering some closure to all those who loved him and have suffered his loss.”