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.
Distraught doesn't begin to describe the family of Jermaine Barnes, a Mountain View man left with life-threatening brain injuries after he was hit by a car Friday night outside of his home.
Gun owners were given the chance to trade in their unwanted firearms for cash or a skateboard at a gun buyback event hosted by local police and faith leaders on Saturday.
More than 140 children received early Christmas gifts Saturday thanks to a local church and the county's bravest men and women.
The replacement event for the long-running but now-defunct Chargers Blood Drive was held Saturday at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center.
A five-county funeral procession will be held Sunday for a San Diego firefighter who died battling the Thomas Fire.
After 10 days of destruction, the Lilac Fire was 100 percent contained Saturday, fire officials announced.
A 32-year-old Cal Fire engineer from northern San Diego County was killed Thursday while fighting the massive Thomas Fire in Ventura County.
San Diego County's inland valleys and mountains remain under a red flag warning Friday morning due to high temperatures, dry air and gusty Santa Ana winds creating dangerous fire conditions.
A candlelight vigil was held Friday evening in El Cajon to remember the Granite Hills High School senior killed in a car crash on Monday.