Cameron Espitia, 31, is being held on suspicion of killing wife Jennifer, 29, after the two reportedly got into a drunken argument on their way home from an event in an Uber.
Espitia, was formerly in the national guard, and was arrested near the scene of the crime. When he was approached by police he claimed he couldn’t remember anything that happened.
The uber driver called the police when a drunken fight escalated, and Espitia pulled out a gun, shooting his wife in the back of the head.
The Daily Mail reports:
husband has been accused of shooting his wife in the head during a drunken argument in an Uber.
Cameron Espitia, 31, is being held on suspicion of killing wife Jennifer, 29, as they were taken home in Seattle in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Espitia, a former member of the Coast Guard, was arrested close to the scene, claiming he could not remember anything after getting into the car.
Prosecutors described the killing as an ‘execution’, Patch.com reports.
The driver, who has not been named, told police that he picked the couple up shortly after midnight, with Jennifer sitting in the front seat and Cameron sitting behind her.
The pair then began having a ‘vicious’ argument, Fox Q13 reported, with Espitia repeatedly swearing at his wife.
The driver said he then heard a ‘loud boom’ and initially thought he had blown a tire.
But moments later he realized Jennifer had slumped forward and was ordered by Espitia to keep driving which he did, saying he feared for his life.
Eventually he was told to pull over as Espitia got out, and he called the police.
Espitia was arrested nearby, and reportedly told officer he was ‘having a bad night’ with his wife and had been drinking.
Police said they found a small gun in an ankle holster on Espitia.
Court documents show Espitia claimed his last memory was of getting into the vehicle, before waking up in bushes at the side of the road.
Jennifer was taken to the hospital by authorities, but died from her injuries shortly after.
Espitia has no criminal record, and media interviews with friends say that it was unbelievable that Espitia would be capable of such a thing.
However, this is the case in many domestic violence murder cases. Espitia will be put on trial for murder.