A woman who claimed self-defense after fatally shooting a homeless person in a supermarket parking lot is now accused of murder after allegedly lying about what led up to the incident.
Christine Alexandra Fesus, 34, initially told investigators she was walking her dog outside Food Town north of Houston on July 25 just before midnight when DeAndrea Citizen, 36, approached and possibly attacked her, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said, according to the Associated Press.
Fesus, who lives in an apartment complex behind the supermarket, then allegedly shot Citizen one time, returned home and dialed 911.
Citizen died at the scene from her injuries.
Investigators spoke with eyewitnesses who claimed it was actually Fesus who approached Citizen prior to the shooting and the homeless woman did not seem to be a threat, Gonzalez said.
“A review of nearby surveillance video did not support Fesus' version of the confrontation,” the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said.
Fesus was booked into the Harris County Jail on July 26 and charged with Citizen’s murder. Her bond was set at $75,000, according to online records.
Friends of the victim told KTRK-TV that Citizen struggled with mental health issues and would sleep in front of a church located in the same shopping center as the supermarket.
One Food Town employee recalled Citizen was a “sweet” woman, the station reported.