UPDATE NO. 2, AUG. 7, 2:44 P.M.: Arelene Kathryn Bautista was to be arraigned today on an involuntary manslaughter count for the shooting death of her boyfriend Luis Vidal, the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) announced.
The criminal count is felony involuntary manslaughter by lawful act in an unlawful manner. According to the state penal code and legal dictionaries, involuntary manslaughter by lawful act in an unlawful manner can refer to picking up a gun with no intent of shooting someone, the gun accidentally fires and someone dies. The OCDA arraignment announcement only states Vidal was shot outside their mobile home in Garden Grove. Bautista also faces a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a firearm and up to 14 years in state prison with a conviction, says the OCDA, which intended to request the 20-year-old be held on $80,000 bail at her arraignment this afternoon in Santa Ana.
UPDATE NO. 1, AUG. 6, 9:18 A.M.: The girlfriend of a 25-year-old man who was shot to death at a Garden Grove trailer park has been arrested for his murder, police said. Arlene K. Bautista is presumed to be the person of interest homicide detectives interviewed after responding to Emerald Isle trailer park, 13741 Clinton St., Wednesday afternoon. A handgun was recovered at the scene, and the 20-year-old was booked into Orange County Jail on suspicion of homicide, according to Garden Grove Police Lt. Robert Bogue, who identified the victim as Luis Victor Dal. (Family members contacted the Weekly to say his last name is actually Vidal.) The Garden Grove residents “were in a dating relationship,” Bogue said.
ORIGINAL POST, Aug. 6, 8:47 A.M.: A man who was found suffering from a gunshot wound in Garden Grove Wednesday afternoon later died at the hospital, police said.
Garden Grove cops were sent to Emerald Isle trailer park, 13741 Clinton St., just before 3:40 p.m. regarding “unknown trouble,” according to Lt. Tom DaRe.
It was there they found the unidentified man who was taken to UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, where he was pronounced dead at 4:22 p.m. Police were waiting until next of kin were notified before identifying the victim.
A “person of interest” was questioned in the case, DaRe said.
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