An Arizona man is behind bars after police say he shot and killed his girlfriend on Sunday because he didn’t approve of the outfit she wore.
Azcentral reports that authorities arrested 22-year-old Martin Larney on Monday on suspicion of murdering his girlfriend, 22-year-old Alina Duwyenie, in his Mesa apartment off of Broadway a little before 8:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, after the victim spent the night with him. According to court documents, the suspect admitted that he shot Alina in the eye but insisted it was an accident.
Investigators said Larney changed his story numerous times while being questioned. Court documents indicate that Larney initially said that he tossed his loaded handgun to another cushion on his couch while Alina was getting dressed, and the gun accidentally shot her. He then allegedly changed his story and said he started to unload the gun while sitting in front of the victim when the gun discharged on accident and a bullet struck her.
He later reportedly gave his final version of events and said he was “jealous and upset” at the outfit Alina chose to wear for the day, and picked up the gun and waved it at her. He allegedly admitted his finger was on the trigger as he thought about shooting and killing her, but claimed the gun discharged accidentally, shooting her in the eye. Court documents stated the suspect admitted that he has thought of killing his girlfriend in the past.
Larney’s brother, who lives in the apartment with the suspect, told police he heard a loud band and ran into the room and found Larney holding his girlfriend’s head while the gun sat next to him. The brother said he took the gun away and put it in a secure location, then called 911.
“He stated he heard a loud noise and the defendant yelling the victims (sic) name,” the probable cause statement read.”The witness ran into the room and found the defendant sitting next to the victim holding her head where she was injured. The witness saw a handgun lying on a couch in the room.”
The victim was transported to a local hospital, where she passed away from her injuries.
The arresting officer said Larney explained he bought the gun a month prior after he thought someone was following him. He then admitted he loaded the gun the night before after he heard noises outside.
Larney is behind bars on a $750,000 bond. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
[Feature Photo: Martin Larney/Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office]