DAKOTA CITY, Neb. (KTIV) - The man accused of murdering a South Sioux City, Nebraska woman won't face the death penalty.
The suspect appeared in a Dakota County courtroom, Friday afternoon.
Assistant Dakota County Attorney Ed Matney won't seek the death penalty against 22-year-old Raymond Gonzales of Sioux City. But, he still faces a charge of first-degree murder.
The mother of the woman he's accused of shooting and killing talked about her loss. Tammy Baker says "She was a wonderful beautiful person and she didn't deserve any of this."
Life changed forever for Tammy Baker on December 15th, 2013. She says it was all a case of being in a bad place at a bad time. Her daughter Bonnie lost her life after being shot numerous times at Siouxland Estates Mobile Home Park in South Sioux City, Nebraska.
Our camera at the scene captured her family overcome with extreme over losing a young lady just 28-years-old growing into a new stage of her life. "She was looking forward to becoming a pharmacist and doing things with her life and was on that path moving forward and she was stopped suddenly," said Tammy Baker.
Bonnie Baker's accused killer Raymond Gonzales entered a plea of not guilty before a judge in a Dakota County Courtoom Friday afternoon. He faces life in prison if convicted of the charge of first-degree murder. Plus, five years for making terroristic threats. Prosecutors dropped a charge of disturbing the peace and won't seek the death penalty.
Investigators say Gonzales fired the fatal shots after an argument with Bonnie Baker's brother.
The Baker family plans to attend every court procedure to honor the memory of their lost loved one. "It's hard, it's hard because I have hard feelings towards him. I'm trying to find in my heart to understand why this happened," said Tammy Baker.
Gonzales's trial is scheduled for July 15th in Dakota City.
Two other men face charges in the case. David Rodriguez has pleaded not guilty to a charge of possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person. Anthony Housman is charged with possession or receiving a stolen firearm. Prosecutors have also charged them with accessory to a felony.
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