PALMDALE – A 46-year-old woman has been charged with fatally shooting her boyfriend at the Palmdale home they shared, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.
Angelique Detrice Spurlock of Palmdale faces one count of murder with an allegation that she used a handgun to kill 40-year-old James Edward McQuater, according to Deputy District Attorney Ryan Williams.
The charge stems from a domestic violence incident that occurred during the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 4, in the 200 block of East Avenue R-3 in Palmdale.
Spurlock and McQuater got into an altercation at their house when Spurlock allegedly produced a handgun and shot McQuater, the prosecutor said. The victim died across the street as he attempted to get help, the prosecutor added.
About two dozen sheriff’s deputies surrounded the home and gave orders for Spurlock to surrender, but she remained inside the home for at least 30 minutes, according to witnesses at the scene. Deputies eventually made entry into the home, and Spurlock was taken into custody without incident, witnesses at the scene said.
Spurlock was scheduled to be arraigned on the murder charge Wednesday, but the arraignment was instead postponed to Oct. 7 in the Antelope Valley Branch courthouse.
If convicted as charged, Spurlock faces a possible maximum sentence of 50 years to life in state prison.
Her bail was set at more than $2 million.
The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
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