UPDATE: Woman charged with manslaughter now out on conditional bail
UPDATE (3:30 p.m.): The woman charged with manslaughter in the death of her boyfriend is now out on conditional bail.
19-year-old Monalisa Perez was released from jail on a bail of $7,000. Under the conditions of her release, Perez will have to wear a GPS monitor and have no access to firearms.
She is due back in court next Wednesday.
ORIGINAL STORY: 19-year-old Monalisa Perez has been charged with one count of manslaughter in the second degree after a YouTube stunt killed her boyfriend.
Tuesday night, the Norman County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from Perez. During the call she said that her boyfriend, later identified as Pedro Ruiz III, and her were making a YouTube video and she accidentally shot him in the chest. Perez said that the incident took place in the 500 block of US Hwy. 75 in Norman County.
When crews arrived on scene they found that Ruiz had a single gunshot wound to his chest. Police were able to locate a gold Desert Eagle .50 caliber pistol on the grass near the house and secured the firearm.
Perez told police that Pedro wanted to make a Youtube video of her shooting a book and he believed that the book would stop the bullet. Perez pointed out cameras and said that the entire incident was recorded. Police took the camera footage as evidence.
Ruiz was declared dead at the scene. Perez told police that Ruiz had been trying to get her to shoot the book while he held it for a YouTube video for awhile. Ruiz set up the GoPro on the back of a vehicle and the other camera on a ladder nearby. Perez says that eventually Ruiz convinced her to shoot the book. Perez told police that the shot was taken from about a foot away while Ruiz was holding the book to his chest.
Perez is facing a maximum sentence of more than ten years in jail or to pay a fine of not more than $20,000 or both.
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