LANCASTER – A Palmdale woman pleaded not guilty Monday in connection with the shooting death of her live-in boyfriend nearly three months ago.
Angelique Detrice Spurlock, 46, is charged with murder for the death of James McQuater, 40.
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, according to Deputy District Attorney Ryan Williams. McQuater died outside as he attempted to get help, the prosecutor said.
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.
She has remained in jail since then, and her bail is now set at more than $2 million.
Spurlock is due back in a Lancaster courtroom Dec. 10 for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require her to stand trial.
If convicted as charged, Spurlock could face up to 50 years to life in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Previous related stories: