A 26-year-old man was arraigned today in Santa Clara County Superior Court in San Jose in what was described as a “cold-blooded” homicide of the mother of his infant child after an argument over whether to live in San Jose or Sacramento, authorities said.
Andrew Allen Butler, of Sacramento, appeared in custody at the Hall of Justice today and was formally charged with murder with a sentencing enhancement for using a firearm while committing the crime, Deputy District Attorney Duffy Magilligan said.
According to the district attorney’s office and San Jose police, Butler was in the passenger seat of a car in southwest San Jose on April 7 when he fired gunshots that fatally injured his partner, 33-year-old Kendra Antoinette Gonzales, as she sat in the driver’s seat.
“It was a cold-blooded domestic murder at point blank range,” Magilligan said.
Five people were in the car at the time of the shooting, including the couple’s year-old infant daughter and two other people in the rear seat, according to police.
In a statement of facts filed to show probable cause to charge Butler in Gonzales’ death, two San Jose police detectives stated that a citizen made a 911 call at 9:55 p.m. on April 7 about a person shot and lying in the street near 1335 S. Bascom Ave.
Officers at the scene located Gonzales sprawled in the southbound side of South Bascom at Whitehorne Drive, suffering from gunshot wounds. A paramedic pronounced her dead there at 10:14 p.m., police said.
From conversations with witnesses, police learned that Gonzales had been driving a rented Nissan Altima with Butler, her boyfriend, sitting in the passenger seat and the two witnesses in the back seat with the baby, according to the detectives.
The witnesses related that they, Butler and Gonzalez where visiting from Sacramento and at one point Butler and Gonzalez began to argue over whether to stay in San Jose or Sacramento, they said.
As the quarrel escalated, Gonzales, who was driving on South Bascom, turned up the car stereo and Butler reached beneath the passenger seat and raised a handgun, the detectives said.
When Gonzales started to pull the car over towards the curb, Butler shot her once, and the victim asked him, “Did you shoot me?” or words to that effect, they said.
Butler then fired several more shots into Gonzales. He exited the Nissan, removed Gonzales’ body from it, and ordered the two people in the back to get out and take the infant with them.
The two people complied and the defendant got into the driver’s seat and sped away, according to detectives.
The Nissan was recovered, abandoned, in Salinas a short time later and when police, using a search warrant, looked inside they discovered bloodstains and spent .38 caliber bullet shells, police said.
After a judge in San Jose issued a warrant for Butler’s arrest, the Monterey Police Department located him at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey, arrested him and turned him over to San Jose police homicide detectives, according to officers.
He was booked into the county jail in San Jose and is being held with no bail allowed, according to jail records.
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