Complaint: Woman Blames Video Stunt for Boyfriend’s Death
HALSTAD, Minn. (AP) _ A Minnesota woman charged in the fatal shooting of her
boyfriend told authorities it was a video stunt gone wrong.
Monalisa Perez, of Halstad, was charged Wednesday with second-degree
manslaughter in the death of Pedro Ruiz III.
According to a criminal complaint, the 19-year-old Perez told authorities Ruiz
wanted to make a YouTube video of her shooting a bullet into a book he was
holding against his chest. She says she fired from about a foot away.
Authorities say Ruiz died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.
Perez was granted a public defender and released on $7,000 bail.
The victim's aunt, Claudia Ruiz, says that the couple played pranks and put them on YouTube.
The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.