Prosecutors have filed murder charges against the suspect who allegedly shot a 55-year-old man in Bay Point earlier this month after the victim died in a hospital on Monday. The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office has filed a motion to amend the charges against 59-year-old Patrick Laughlin, who was originally charged with attempted murder in connection with the April 4 shooting.
The victim, a 55-year-old man whose name has not been released, succumbed to his injuries in John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek on Monday, according to Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jimmy Lee. An autopsy performed on the victim today revealed the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the abdomen, Lee said. According to Deputy District Attorney Mary Knox, Laughlin shot the victim due to a dispute over a drug deal.
It is unclear how well the two knew each other before the shooting, she said. Deputies arrested Laughlin a short time after the shooting, which was reported around 9:20 p.m. on April 4, in the 100 block of North Broadway Avenue. He was taken to county jail in Martinez where he remains in custody on $1.6 million bail. Laughlin is set to be arraigned on the amended charges in court Pittsburg on Wednesday afternoon.
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