A San Diego man has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the death of a former girlfriend late last month.
Robert Haywood Reed, 38, is accused of fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend Sylvianita Widman at an intersection in the city’s Skyline neighborhood on August 25, KUSI News reported. Prosecutors said Widman, a 27-year-old mother of two, was a passenger in a male friend’s car when they stopped behind Reed’s Mercedes at a red light.
For unknown reasons, Widman got out of the car and started shouting as she approached the passenger side of Widman’s vehicle. That’s when her ex-lover shot her at point-blank range with a .38-caliber handgun, police say.
According to NBC San Diego, prosecutors said Widman and her friend came upon Reed by happenstance that day. The two had dated for roughly a month before calling it quits, Deputy District Attorney Amy Colby said.
Authorities arrived to find Widman in a nearby parking lot suffering from a gunshot wound. The young woman was rushed to the hospital, where she died about an hour later.
Prosecutors said a surveillance camera captured the deadly shooting, adding that another camera allegedly spotted Reed at liquor store shortly before the shooting. San Diego police later identified Reed as a suspect in the killing. He turned himself into police 12 days later, on Sept. 6.
At his arraignment Thursday, Reed pleaded not guilty to murder and was given a $1 million bond. If convicted, he could face 50-years-to-life behind bars.
Police are still searching for a motive in the shooting.
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