Trial for man accused of killing girlfriend starts Monday

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 9:33 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The trial for the man accused of murdering his girlfriend on New Years of 2011 is set to begin Monday.

Detectives said Daniel Arteaga shot his girlfriend Kimberly Schmidt with her own gun inside her home. She died from a gunshot wound to the head.

READ: Judge delays Spokane trial for 2011 murder until 2014

Major Crimes detectives said Arteaga shot his former girlfriend to death over money he allegedly owed Schmidt.  Schmidt was found dead in her North Spokane County home on New Year's Day 2012 by her mother. 

Court documents said Arteaga drugged his girlfriend of six years with Advil P.M. before shooting her in the head.  Detectives later said Arteaga's DNA was found on a sock used to cover the murder weapon.  They also found books about forensics in Arteaga’s home.

MORE: Debt, jealousy among motives in Schmidt murder

Court documents also said Schmidt was ending a sexual relationship with Arteaga before she was killed and that he owed her money. She had the titles to his two trucks.   At the same time, text messages revealed a rekindled relationship with the father of Schmidt’s daughter, Joseph Regalado. Schmidt was suppose to celebrate the New Year with Regalado, but never made it.

Arteaga had also been listed as a co-defendant with Schmidt in a civil lawsuit involving scuba diving instruction. The pair was accused of negligence in a diving accident.
The trial was already pushed back twice.

READ: Detectives find Kimberly Schmidt's missing necklace
 

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