A 19-year-old Big Spring man stands formally accused in the September fatal shooting of his girlfriend.
Dakota Anguiano was indicted on a first-degree charge of murder during Tuesday's session of the Howard County Grand Jury.
Anguiano, who is currently in custody at the county detention center, was indicted in connection with the shooting death of 17-year-old Abigail Valencia on Sept. 19 in Big Spring.
On that evening, police responded to the Scenic Mountain Medical Center emergency room in reference to a gunshot victim. Upon arrival, they found Valencia suffering from a single gunshot wound to the left side of her head.
Big Spring Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Tony Everett said Valencia had been brought to the emergency room by Anguiano, who said he and Valencia were walking in the area of Circle Drive and Sycamore Street when a black Cadillac Escalade came around the corner and fired on the couple, wounding Valencia. Anguiano added a friend drove by and let him take his vehicle to transport Valencia to the hospital.
“Patrol officers attempted the find the crime scene,” Everett said. “As investigators talked to witnesses, Anguiano's story began to unravel.”
It was later determined, Everett said, that the shooting occurred at 1317 Tucson. At that point, Anguiano was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The charge was upgraded to murder after Valencia died from her wounds a few days later.
If convicted, Anguiano could be sentenced to between five and 99 years, or life, in prison.