A Texas man allegedly fatally shot the mother of his newborn daughter and then fled with the child before turning himself in, authorities said.
According to court documents obtained by KPRC-TV, on May 8, James Christopher Ochoa, 33, got into a dispute with Vicktoria Josephina Robles, 32, over Mother’s Day dinner and allegedly shot her dead inside their Houston apartment.
Ochoa then took their 1-month-old girl and drove from Houston to the Austin area, where his mother Lorena lives, arriving around 5 a.m. the next morning.
Investigators said Ochoa told his mother,“Don’t be afraid, but Vicktoria is dead.” He claimed the two got into a fight about the dinner before Robles grabbed a gun from their bedroom and they began “tussling.”
Ochoa said he grabbed another firearm they had in the apartment and shot Robles in self-defense, according to authorities.
Court documents show Ochoa’s mother insisted he turn himself in, so he took a shower and changed clothes and the two went to Cedar Park Police Department Headquarters.
Houston police found Robles face down on the bedroom floor in the couple’s apartment around 8 a.m. She died from a gunshot wound to the temple.
Court documents state a detective noted there did not appear to be a struggle and Robles had a phone in her hand.
A spent bullet casing found between eight and 10 feet from the victim’s body appeared to indicate she was shot from a distance, court documents state.
Ochoa faces a murder charge.
“This death is another tragic reminder of how volatile domestic violence can be,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said. “Unfortunately, sometimes the person closest to us poses the greatest risk to our well-being. The facts of this matter are terribly troubling and heartbreaking.”