LIMA — A double murder in Lima was over a stolen gun, a police detective testified Monday.
Michelle Alves, 31, accused of murder in the shooting deaths of Charles and Tarissa Sanders on June 3, will have her case bound over to the Allen County Common Please Court grand jury.
A preliminary hearing for Alves was held Monday morning in which LimssMunicipal Court Magistrate Richard Warren determined probable cause based on the testimony of Lima Police Department Detective Steve Stechschulte.
Stechschulte said that in his interview with Alves, the altercation was supposedly over a gun stolen by Charles Sanders.
“She took her gun out and put her hands down on the table with the gun in her hand and confronted Mr. Sanders about where the other gun was and told them to take it out and put it on the table,” he said. “Supposedly Mr. Sanders and Ms. Sanders both simply laughed at her, which made her even more angry. She then indicated that Mr. Sanders was reaching down to potentially obtain the gun, so she pulled the gun up and shot him once in the head and immediately shot Ms. Sanders three times, which caused their death.”
Tarissa Sanders was found dead upon arrival and Charles Sanders died at a local hospital later that morning. Initial autopsy reports showed both victims died of gunshot wounds.
Alves and Clinton Owens Jr., 32, were arrested June 15 in Las Vegas as “persons of interest” in the June 3 shooting at 413 S. Atlantic Ave. The judge said that if Alves is charged in the murder of Tarissa Sanders, she faces 15 years to life in prison. Her bond is set at $1 million.
“She posted several things on Facebook indicating that she was the one responsible, that Mr. Owens didn’t have anything to do with it and one of them, she explained due to frustration that she wasn’t remorseful for what happened,” Stechschulte testified. “In our conversation when she confessed to shooting and killing both Mr. Sanders and Ms. Sanders, she said that was out of frustration out of some of the other stuff that she wrote on Facebook.”
A post dated June 12 claimed the victims were inside Alves’ house and were “tryna steal my gun,” and that if anyone attempts to take Alves’ children “my face will b the last one u c just like terissa n dude period.”
Owens waived his right to a preliminary hearing last week and had his case bound over to Allen County Common Please Court.
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