RICHMOND -- A 16-year-old boy allegedly killed by a 30-year-old Richmond woman had fathered a child with her and reportedly had a spat with her about his new girlfriend just moments before he was killed, a prosecutor said Thursday.
Melinda Gaffney was apparently arguing with Terrance Forks about his girlfriend before she fatally shot him outside the Crescent Park apartment complex on April 8, Contra Costa County Deputy District Attorney Mary Knox said.
Gaffney, who surrendered at San Francisco police headquarters Monday morning on a $1 million arrest warrant, appeared in court Thursday and was arraigned on one count of murder with an enhancement for use of a firearm causing great bodily injury, Knox said.
Prosecutors say Terrance fathered a child with Gaffney but released little information about the child including its age or its whereabouts. Knox said she was not aware of any plans to charge Gaffney for having had sexual contact with Forks.
Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said that after Gaffney surrendered to police earlier this week, she was transferred to Contra Costa County. On Thursday she was jailed on $1 million bail.
Police said investigators had been looking for her since the night of the shooting, when officers found Terrance suffering from gunshot wounds after receiving multiple reports of a fight and shots fired in front of the Crescent Park apartments in the 3900 block of Fleming Avenue about 10:20 p.m.
Witnesses told police that Gaffney argued with Terrance in front of the complex shortly before he was shot.
Witnesses also told police that a white 1999 Lexus was involved and provided a license plate number that registered to Gaffney. They also told authorities that Gaffney and Terrance knew each other.
Police found the Lexus at an undisclosed location on April 9, the day after the shooting.
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