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.
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