EL CAJON (CNS) - A preliminary hearing is scheduled Tuesday for an East County woman accused of fatally shooting her 48-year-old son in a house in Rancho San Diego last year.
Josephine Mary Ring, 66, is charged with premeditated murder in the Dec. 19 death of Vincent John Bonfiglio.
She faces 50 years to life in prison if convicted.
Ring was arrested Jan. 6 at a health care facility in La Mesa, where she had been under a doctor's care since her son's death, according to San Diego County sheriff's Lt. Dennis Brugos.
Ring called 911 shortly after 11 p.m. Dec. 19 and said she had shot her son in the 2200 block of Tina Street, Brugos said.
Deputies arrived at the home and found the victim on the floor, Brugos said, adding that paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
Bonfiglio, a one-time car salesman who was on disability, had suffered a gunshot wound to the chest.
The gun used in the killing was a .357-caliber Magnum, said Deputy District Attorney Samantha Begovich.
Ring was detained the night of the shooting but not immediately arrested because authorities were uncertain whether the shooting was an accident, in self-defense or a criminal act.
In the weeks that followed, evidence came to light which warranted Ring's arrest, Brugos said. A motive for the shooting was not clear.
Police were involved a pursuit late Saturday that ended with a deadly officer-involved shooting in Escondido.
Two people died early Sunday morning after a high-speed chase ended in a head-on crash in North County.
A man was shot and killed by police at an officer- involved shooting in Escondido, a sheriff's lieutenant said Sunday.
An approaching winter storm is poised to open an "atmospheric river" of subtropical rain clouds on Southern California this week, but the San Diego area is expected to see just a fraction of that moisture, forecasters said Sunday.
A man threw rocks at vehicles on Interstate 5 near Imperial Beach Sunday, and threatened police with a pickaxe as he ran into a riverbed.
San Diego Sen. Toni Atkins will make history Wednesday when she becomes the first woman and first lesbian to hold the California Senate's top job.
A 16-year-old boy was allegedly drunk when he crashed his car into a stopped vehicle, pinning a motorist between two bumpers, police said Sunday.
A 27-year-old man suffered fatal injuries as the result of a "punching game'' inside of a bar Saturday morning in the Gaslamp
neighborhood of San Diego.
A large plume of smoke filled the sky in Miramar on Saturday morning after a concrete supply building went up in flames.
SANDAG began removing call boxes along urban highways throughout the San Diego region this month and will continue to do so through June, reflecting a decrease in call volume due to the increase in cell phone ownership.