SPOKANE, Wash. -- Opening arguments in the trial of a Spokane man accused of killing his mistress on New Year’s of 2012 began Wednesday. Detectives said Daniel Arteaga shot Kimberly Schmidt with her own gun inside her home.
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During testimony Wednesday, those who knew Schmidt described her as a doting mother. Schmidt’s mother, Toni Schmidt, said she knew something was terribly wrong when Kimberly was late to pick up her daughter.
“At about 1:30 I woke up with this terrible feeling that something had happened to her,” said Toni Schmidt, the victim’s mother. “At about 4:30 I just felt like she was no longer with us.”
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Toni Schmidt recalled in court how she discovered her daughter’s body with a pillow over her face. Schmidt said she was on the phone with Arteaga when she found the body. She also told the jury Arteaga told her at the crime scene that he loved Kim so much, and simply couldn’t live without her.
Schmidt also said she had no idea Arteaga was married while he was seeing her daughter. According to Schmidt, her daughter started pulling away from Arteaga around Christmas.