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Appeals Court Affirms Conviction in Va. Domestic Shooting

April 3, 2012

The Virginia Court of Appeals has affirmed the second-degree murder conviction of a woman who shot her boyfriend at her Centreville apartment.

A jury convicted Maria De Las Mercedes Tizon in the 2009 death of Ahmed Chouaib. According to the appeals court. Tizon shot Chouaib twice at point-blank range with a .38-caliber revolver.

The court on Tuesday rejected Tizon's claim that the shooting was accidental and there was insufficient evidence to prove otherwise. Tizon also argued that the trial judge erred in failing to suppress incriminating statements and refusing to declare a mistrial.

The appeals court found no merit in those claims.

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