Friday, September 3, 2010

Salt Lake City, UT: Man charged with murder in ex-girlfriend’s shooting death

By Jason Bergreen
The Salt Lake Tribune
September 2, 2010 03:39PM

Salvador Landin-Castanon
A 29-year-old man was charged Wednesday with murder for allegedly shooting his ex-girlfriend three times at a South Salt Lake apartment complex last week.

Salvador Alejandro Landin-Castanon faces the first-degree felony charge for allegedly gunning down 36-year-old Maria Monserrat Nevarez Tolentino. She was found unconscious Aug. 28 in the parking lot of the Sun River Apartments, 1080 W. 3300 South.

Nevarez Tolentino was shot twice in the upper torso and once in the head, charging documents indicate. She died in surgery at a local hospital.

Landin-Castanon allegedly shot Nevarez Tolentino about 10 p.m. as she left a family party to meet someone or go to another party, South Salt Lake police spokesman Gary Keller said.

Landin-Castanon then went to a friend’s home and told the friend he had shot his “girlfriend” three times and he hoped she was dead, charging documents indicate.

Officers later found Landin-Castanon at the friend’s house in Salt Lake City, Keller said. He was arrested without incident. Police also recovered a handgun believed to be the murder weapon.

Landin-Castanon was booked into the Salt Lake County jail. A search of Utah court records didn’t show he has a criminal history, and Keller didn’t know if there had been domestic violence in the relationship.

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