PERRIS (CBSLA.com) — A 20-year-old Perris woman is facing 25 years to life in prison as she stands accused of conspiring to kill her husband.
KCAL9’s Crystal Cruz reports that Judy Avalos is also accused of setting up her husband.
The victim, the father of Avalos’ child, was shot four times and survived.
A few days after Christmas, Avalos’ husband was parked in front of his mother-in-law’s home in Perris, when a car pulled up next to him and a man started shooting.
“We don’t want that in our neighborhood, you know; we’re pretty upset about it,” said David Joplin, a neighbor.
Joplin saw Avalos’ husband shot, lying in the dirt.
“The car was out there, and there was couple of bullet shots in it,” Joplin said.
The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office said Avalos set up the shooting in the 23000 block of Edmond Street.
Court documents allege Avalos sent text messages to a man named “Pedro Gomez” with her husband’s whereabouts, demanding he be killed.
“She was identified as a suspect in this case, and she was arrested at the hospital where he was undergoing treatment for the injuries,” says John Hall, a spokesman with the DA’s office.
Avalos’ attorney said his client is the true victim. He said the woman’s husband is guilty of domestic violence and that she didn’t want her husband killed but that she just wanted him beaten up to get a taste of his own medicine.
Avalos’ attorney also said his client’s marriage was falling apart and she had a boyfriend and the boyfriend might have had something to do with this.
Deputies are still looking for the gunman. Only Avalos has been arrested.
She’s being held on $1 million bail.